Happy Halloween! It’s time for another episode of Q&A. Listen to what our readers have been asking lately, and if you’ve got a question, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll answer you in another video.
How much fermented cod liver oil is recommended for pregnant women and are there any other supplements or foods you highly recommend?
- The Weston A. Price Foundation recommendations are 2 teaspoons per day for pregnant women. This is for high-vitamin, fermented cod liver oil specifically (which you can find here).
- Another highly recommended food is grass-fed liver, for many nutrients including folate. I do not recommend prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid. It’s much better to get natural folate and nutrients from your diet.
- Other foods to complement a pregnancy diet include: pastured eggs, grass-fed dairy and butter (find it locally here), homemade bone broth (very nutritious but also provides stretch-mark-fighting collagen!), and seafood and shellfish (don’t worry about mercury).
About folic acid vs. folate:
Links about mercury in fish:
WAPF pregnancy diet recommendations:
How do you read food ingredient labels? For example, almond milk. How do I research weird stuff like calcium carbonate and potassium citrate…seems chemically made? When I google it I can never tell if its good for you or bad.
- Remember that even natural and healthy things have chemical-sounding names. Even water (dihydrogen monoxide) is a chemical! So sometimes, those ingredients might not be all that terrible.
- Sometimes it’s helpful to take a look at the “related” searches in Google at the bottom of the page. If an ingredient is toxic or dangerous, there might be a search for “dangers of such and such” or “such and such toxicity” in that section.
- My label reading rules are: if you can’t pronounce it, don’t know what it is, can’t buy it in a store, or wouldn’t stock your cupboards with it, you might want to avoid whatever that ingredient is. See if you can make a homemade version of the food in question. It’ll usually taste much better and be cheaper, too!
I appreciated your posts about chia and flax seed. But I was wondering about Hemp seed. Is it worth while?
- Similar to chia and flax, hemp’s omega-3 is in the form of ALA which is not very usable to the body.
- Hemp is about 80% PUFA. I would personally avoid it.
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