From early on in my career, I’ve always loved being asked questions about nutrition, especially the weird ones.
Questions lead to fascinating discussions, which leads to research, which leads to more questions, then more research, which ultimately, maybe, (hopefully), leads to some answers.
This is something I still love and it’s one of the reasons doing interviews is so fun for me. The majority of the time, I don’t have a “cheat sheet” of questions ahead of time; it’s just rapid fire “tell me more about xyz.” My answers aren’t always the most eloquent, but you get a glimpse into the complexities of nutrition that you might not otherwise see.
Of all of the questions, clearing up nutrition for pregnancy myths is one of my favorite topics. You can only tackle misconceptions if you have a solid understanding of a topic from multiple angles (something I’ve certainly had a chance to get from the public policy angle, to research, to clinical practice, to writing and beyond).
Clearing Up Nutrition for Pregnancy Myths
Today, I’m sharing an interview I did with nutritionist, mama, and co-host of the Modern Mamas Podcast, Laura Bruner. She’s someone who walks the talk when it comes to real food and raising a healthy, mindful family (I say this with confidence; we’ve met up in person and she’s exactly the person you see/hear on her podcast and Instagram).
I’m slightly embarrassed to say that we released this interview several months ago and I’m just now getting around to sharing it with you. Better late than never! There were so many interviews recorded right around the time I released Real Food for Pregnancy that I’m still playing catch up.
Clearing up nutrition for pregnancy myths interview highlights:
- How my work in the gestational diabetes field made me realize how much was missing from conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines
- Epigenetics and how a mother’s diet during pregnancy can affect her baby’s risk of health problems later in life
- Misconceptions on carbohydrate intake: Why my recommendations are so different from current guidelines + myths about the necessity of a “minimum of 175g of carbs per day”
- Real food carbs versus refined carbohydrates (and a well-planned, nutrient-dense, low-carb diet versus junk food low-carb diet). Low carb doesn’t automatically mean healthy or nutrient-dense; we’ve gotta use nutritional common sense!
- The role of insulin resistance and mildly elevated blood sugar in certain birth defects
- Myths about salt during pregnancy (cutting back on salt actually carries risks!)
- Fish: nutrient intake versus mercury + how different countries approach the raw fish/sushi issue
- Considerations of a vegetarian diet in pregnancy (which I also covered in this post)
- Why the quality of fat you eat is so important (plus, how omega-6 fats and trans fats can be harmful, especially in pregnancy)
- Thoughts on postpartum nourishment (more in this post)
I hope you enjoyed our interview! There are so many more great episodes of the Modern Mamas Podcast; I encourage you to check it out!
If you have questions on prenatal nutrition myths, pop them in the comments below and I’ll put them on my list of topics to address in future interviews and blog posts.
Also, heads up… We’re gearing up to record round two in a few weeks where we’ll focus on nutrition for postpartum healing. Stay tuned. Until then, you’ll love this interview on postpartum recovery with real food.
Until next week,
PS – Curious to learn more about this whole “real food nutrition for pregnancy” idea?
You’re in luck because I’m giving away the first chapter of my book, Real Food for Pregnancy, right here.
This chapter includes a nutritional breakdown of a sample diet following conventional prenatal nutrition recommendations and a sample diet following my real food recommendations. Can you guess which one is more nutrient-dense?