Kumquat: composition and properties
Kumquat has the second name kinkan (Japanese orange). This is one of the fruits of the citrus family yellow or orange with an unusual aroma. They say that this is a product of the wise men, because it was used by Japanese and Chinese scholars.
Kumquat can be eaten with peel, because it contains the greatest amount of vitamins. The fruit pulp has a sour taste, and the skin is more sweet.
It should be mentioned that this fruit was known in the 12th century. He came to Europe from the countries of the East thanks to the botanist R. Fortune. It was he who brought fruit in 1846 to London for a horticultural exhibition. Initially, kumquat was attributed to the family of citrus fruits, but then the fruit was allocated to the subgenus Fortunella.
Today, kumquat is grown in the south of the US, in Japan, Greece, China.
The pulp of this exotic fruit is saturated with useful substances. These are vitamins A, E, C, B, PP, pectins, sodium, phosphorus, copper, calcium, potassium, zinc.
Kinkan has a low calorie content. In 100 g of the product contains 65 kilocalories. Therefore, fruit is considered a valuable product of dietary nutrition. Nutritionists recommend eating healthy people a few fruits a day.
Useful properties of kumquat during pregnancy
In the diet of a future mother, a Japanese orange is needed as a storehouse of vitamins and trace elements. In addition, it has a number of specific useful properties:
- The fruit has bactericidal and antifungal properties. This allows you to protect the body, and if it is used in the morning with a peel for a cold, then the fruit will help the recovery of the pregnant woman.
- Kumquat helps to cope with a lack of appetite. Such a symptom is characteristic of future mothers, like belching and indigestion. The use of Japanese orange alleviates unpleasant symptoms.
- Use for the nervous system. Bad sleep, nervousness, anxiety will recede with the systematic use of fruit. For this, it is recommended to eat it before going to bed.
- Kumquat is an assistant to vessels in preventing the development of varicose veins.
- The powerful detoxification effect of the fruit helps to cleanse the pregnant woman's body of toxins, not always environmentally friendly products.
- Fiber of Japanese orange is a good assistant in the elimination of constipation.
If we talk about contraindications to the use of this exotic fruit for food, then they are minimal. After all, the benefits are many times greater than the risks, and then, if it is about overeating and excessive kumquat enthusiasm.
Contraindications to consumption are the same as with other citrus fruits. You can not eat fruit in the presence of ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, inflammation of the kidneys, bladder. Special care should be given to women diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. After all, this fruit is sweet. Diabetics are not recommended to consume Japanese orange in a dried form because of the increased concentration of sugar and carbohydrates in it.
Harmful to the health of the future mother, kumquat may become in the second half of pregnancy, if the fruit is abused. It can cause allergy during pregnancy in a woman, and after the birth of a child and with him.
Nutritionists recommend that special care should be taken to those expectant mothers who first use kumquat during pregnancy. It is necessary to eat a maximum of half a fruit, observe the reaction of the body. If there is no allergy and other discomfort, then in the future you can consume one or two fruits a day.
Starting from the 22nd week of pregnancy, it is recommended to eat a maximum of 2 fetuses a day twice a week even in the absence of reactions from the body.
So, pregnant women are recommended to use kumquat during the period of bearing the child in reasonable doses. Eat the Japanese orange for health and observe the measure, as with the use of other citrus fruits.