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  • PUMPKIN GINGERBREAD LOAF I heart this loaf oh so much
    6 days ago by brownpapernutrition PUMPKIN GINGERBREAD LOAF: I heart this loaf oh so much. Made it last year at Chrissy and now as this Christmas comes upon us (so bloody fast too!) I can’t decide if it’s this or the yummy Chai Spice Carrot Slice to go with our vanilla bean (homemade baby) ice cream?!?! The struggle is reeeeal friends. The loaf is gluten free and the icing is a cashew butter base - so good! Recipe link in bio ! Love ya, Jacq  #glutenfree   #gingerbread 
  • How good is pumpkin and miso  seriously?!?!?!! One of
    1 day ago by brownpapernutrition How good is pumpkin and miso - seriously?!?!?!! One of my faaaaaave flavours combos everrrrrrr. Did you know miso is a fermented food? The Japanese often start their day with miso soup to warm and energise the body and stimulate digestion. I love love love their gentle approach to the morning with food. I knowwwwww I haven't reinvented the wheel by teaming pumpkin wth a miso dressing, I have however on this occasion gone a bit crazy with our home grown cress and then tossed it all with brown rice, peanuts and sesame seeds and a big juicy serve of
  • Boat Christmas Party Catering today for the cool folk jimmybrings
    5 days ago by brownpapernutrition Boat Christmas Party Catering today for the cool folk  @jimmybrings  . They're GUARANTEED a cracking night! This was only about half of it... lamb shoulders, more cheese, more goods didn't make it in shot, my arms aren't long enough! Wish I could've stayed on le boat. Only 18 more days and a squillion more kilos of food to cook but you know, who's counting.... Love ya, Jacq
  • You knowI havent always had this amazing love affair with
    3 days ago by brownpapernutrition You know…I haven’t always had this amazing love affair with food. Far from it, for the greater part of my life food and I had a terrible relationship. I starved myself, over exercised, purged any food that did go in, cooked treats for others to disguise my eating disorder, hid food, exercised in secret, avoided shared meal times, it goes on… I could live without physically chewing any food for days at time, scared of the impact on my weight, always thinking - oh people don’t notice. It didn’t really work that way though. People noticed and the more they
  • BLUEBERRY BLONDIES! Think I may have converted from brownie love
    2 days ago by brownpapernutrition BLUEBERRY BLONDIES! Think I may have converted from brownie love to blondie love? The scrumptiousness is beyonddddd, AND I’ve changed up the norm and given the recipe a beautiful nourishing oomph with some heavenly fresh Australian blueberries in there too. Fresh  @australianblueberries  are packed full of antioxidants and are a great way to add versatility to your meals! Want the recipe? I’m popping it below for you beautiful peeps - Enjoy friends! Jacq BLUEBERRY BLONDIES 1/2 cup tahini 1/3 cup olive oil or macadamia nut oil 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1 large egg 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup almond

THE ROLE OF ZINC IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy is a time when you want to get the most out of your diet to pass nutrients onto your growing baby. Zinc is a fundamental mineral and is necessary for many functions including protein synthesis, cellular division and nucleic acid metabolism, making it essential in pregnancy.1

While severe Zinc deficiency is uncommon, it has been estimated that up to 80% of pregnant women worldwide do not consume enough zinc on a daily basis. It’s believed the average daily intake is 9.6 mg zinc per day, well below the daily levels recommended in adults.3

Maternal Zinc deficiency can compromise infant development and lead to poor birth outcomes for numerous reasons, although studies in pregnancy have returned inconsistent results. Low plasma Zinc levels can decrease placental Zinc transport and may decrease zinc levels in the fetus.1 Zinc deficiency can impact levels of many hormones required for the onset of labour. Zinc is also a vital component for immune regulation, so low Zinc status may negatively effect systemic and intra-uterine infections, two main causes of pre-term birth.1,2

Research into the impact of Zinc supplementation during pregnancy has often shown varying results with inconsistencies, possibly due to the challenges in determining baseline Zinc status in population group and methodology. Recent research into maternal Zinc deficiency in a large population-based birth cohort study details the higher risk of low birth weight and small for gestational age (SGA) infants as a result of low zinc status.4 Decreased birthweight and SGA are significant risk factors for neonatal and infant morbidity and mortality.

+This article is republished with permission from Bioconcepts. You can read the original article here.  This is not a sponsored article or linked with any advertising to Bioconcepts.

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline Alwill, is an accredited nutritionist, author, founder of Brown Paper Nutrition and recently launched vegetarian meal delivery service Brown Paper Eats She is passionately committed to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and families. Jacqueline is mum to her 8 year old boy - Jet.

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