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  • RAW LAMINGTONS PLANT BASED  NUT FREE  To be
    20 hours ago by brownpapernutrition RAW LAMINGTONS (PLANT BASED / NUT FREE) : To be honest…when I started making these I had full intention of making a healthy variation on a Bounty Bar, but then I completely forgot to add in a step and the chocolate spread into the coconut and thennnnn as it turned out these taste SO MUCH like LAMINGTONS, in their raw, whole seeds (cause no nuts in this one!) and delicious date and cacao-y form. I've popped the recipe on the blog lovely peeps... link in bio for you! PS. I still plan to make a bounty bar but for now…ENJOY!!!!!
  • Happy Monday friends!!!! I made this platter for my family
    4 days ago by brownpapernutrition Happy Monday friends!!!! I made this platter for my family yesterday as a starter before a big lunch to celebrate some birthdays and it went down a treat, especially for me as Saturday I spent feeling just outright wretched with zero desire to do anything but rest - which I did and by Sunday morning I was back on top and ready to eat! Amazing that old REST chestnut isn't it? It's amazing how we sometimes resist it but how restorative is it??!?! Back to food... This platter appealed to both the kiddies and adults so if you're planning a
  • So Ive just convinced Jet that brussel sprouts are IN
    1 week ago by brownpapernutrition So I've just convinced Jet that brussel sprouts are IN FACT AWESOME. He, like many, were utterly disgusted by the miniature cabbbage like veg untillllllllll lots of olive oil and sea salt and a crispy bake came into the mix and now- the whole family are slowly morphing into brussel sprouts hehehehehehe... try it yes!!! Here's what to do: Lots (and I mean lots, not just a measly spray) of olive oil and a generous pinch of sea salt on sliced brussels, is the trick then into the oven at 200C for about 10-15 minutes depending on how much crispy
  • Made this absolutely delishhhhhh toastie with gluten free bread new
    1 week ago by brownpapernutrition Made this absolutely delishhhhhh toastie with gluten free bread, new Gluten Free Vegemite, avocado, sprouts and some sauerkraut and it was honestly next level!!! Told one of my besties who is coealic that our ole favourite  @vegemite  had brought a new Gluten Free Vegemite to the pantry and she just about died and went to heaven - yayyyy!!! Pretty sure I know what our new toastie fave is from here on hey.... yummmmmmmm  #glutenfreevegemite   #putsaroseoneverycheek   #ad 
  • Our fridge isnt always stocked to the brim in fact
    7 days ago by brownpapernutrition Our fridge isn’t always stocked to the brim, in fact quite the opposite, I LOVE to let it run low so I can get creative with what is in there, team the ingredients up with what I have in the pantry and make meals I wouldn’t usually have thought of. However, I probably wouldn’t be able to make as many of those meals without a few key ingredients which make their permanent home in the fridge – check out my fridge team on the blog today and the how’s and why’s of their importance for nutritious meals in our home.

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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