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We live in a world where there is no shortage of information or ways to obtain it. If we have a question, we google it, go to a book store or library to find an answer. We have a plethora of information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and raise a healthy baby. Unfortunately, most of these sources have it wrong.  Modern specialists have strayed away from the age old wisdom of traditional societies by advising against foods that had been considered essential in pregnant women and babies. These foods include seafood, animal fats, butter from grass fed cows, organ meats and eggs. With no valuable science behind it, they are robbing our children of vital nutrition.
Let's take a look at some examples.



Eggs:
Modern day recommendations are to consume no more than 2 or 3 eggs a week and if possible stay away from egg yolks. According to those who preach this, eggs equal bad cholesterol and thus, lead to heart problems. They've got it wrong.
Eggs are essential for pregnant women and babies. They are packed with vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and choline. Choline, found in egg yolks, is vital for healthy brain development. It decreases neural tube deffects.  Studies have shown that choline helps prevent certain birth defects, thus is vital during pregnancy. 


Organ Meats:
Organ meats are often forgotten when it comes to popular nutrition. They are often considered poor people's food (or trash) and not normally recommended. Modern nutritionists have got it wrong. Organ meats are loaded with minerals and vitamins such as phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, vitamins A, D, E and K. Organ meats contain high amounts of essential fatty acids such as arachidonic acid, and omega-3 fats, including EPA and DHA. Organ meats are especially rich in iron and Vitamin A.  However, now days it is recommended to get these essential vitamins in other sources such as leafy green vegetables and supplements. However, a fully formed Vitamin A (retinol) can be found only in animal products. Compared to other animal fats, liver is considered to be one of the most concentrated sources of natural vitamin A.  Vitamin A, obtained from animal products, is a fat soluble vitamin which is very well absorbed by the body. In comparison, carotenoids found in plant sources, are poorly converted by the body and inferior to retinol found in animal sources. Vitamin A is critical to healthy babies and pregnant women. It strengthens the immune system and aids in vision and even healthy skin.  It is essential for growth and repair of body tissues, and it helps build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin A deficiency has been linked to birth defects. Therefore, It is unwise to try to substitute Vitamin A from animal fats with plant sources.

If you want healthy babies, start following the wisdom of traditional societies who know the importance of nutrition.
 





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