The Best Food Diary and Nutrition Tracker for Pregnancy
Wholesome Health - January 7th, 2018
GET enough CALORIES & NUTRIENTS for YOUR pregnancY
Have you ever wondered if you’re getting all the nutrients that you should be from your diet while pregnant? The Wholesome app can make it easy. Wholesome takes into account that you are pregnant and tailors your daily goals according to the USDA recommended daily allowances specific for you. Here's an example: The food industry sets 18mg of iron as 100% daily value on nutrition labels. But adult men only need 8mg per day, while a pregnant woman needs 27mg per day. So by eating 100% a pregnant woman is only getting two-thirds of what is recommended for her. By telling Wholesome that you are pregnant it will set your goal to 27mg for the day. You can then easily track and measure your progress toward your goal. You can also customize your goals further if your doctor or nutritionist has more specific recommendations.
TRACK YOUR NUTRITION INTAKE OF MACRO & MICRONUTRIENTS
With a focus on micronutrients, Wholesome tracks 90 nutrients including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega 3s (including DHA). It can spot where your nutrients gaps are for the day and how you trend over time.
Macronutrients and the usual suspects: Protein, Fat, Carbohydrate, Sugars, Fiber, Water, calories
Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Retinol, Vitamin B6, Folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Choline, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium.
Omega 3's and 6's: Linoleic Acid, α-Linolenic Acid, EPA, DPA, DHA.
Carotenoids & Flavanoids (antioxidants): β-Carotene, α-Carotene, β-Cryptoxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Cyanidin, Petunidin, Delphinidin, Malvidin, Pelargonidin, Peonidin, Catechin, EGC, Epicatechin, ECG, EGCG, Gallocatechin, Eriodictyol, Hesperitin, Naringenin, Apigenin, Luteolin, Isorhamnetin, Keampferol, Myricetin, Quercetin, Daidzein, Genistein, Glycitein, Isoflavones, Proanthocyanidins, Gingerol, Glucosinolates, Pterostilbene, Diallyl Disulfide, Molybdenum.
ENSURE YOU ARE GETTING ENOUGH FOLATE (FOLIC ACID)
Folic acid known to be particularly critical for a healthy pregnancy because it protects against neural tube defects. Doctors prescribe it to every woman of childbearing age. Few moms know, however, that folic acid is actually the synthetic form of a naturally occurring nutrient called ‘folate,’ which can be found abundantly in whole foods such as asparagus, broccoli, and avocado. With the help of the Wholesome nutrition app, you can get the folate you need from natural foods. In fact, the natural form is much safer than taking the synthetic folic acid supplements. Up to half of the population has genetic variants in the MTFHR gene that make it more difficult to metabolize folic acid. For these people, folic acid can stay in the body and even do harm - some studies have linked it to cancer. Folate, in contrast and even in excess, is perfectly safe and extremely healthy.
KNOW WHAT TO EAT NEXT TO FILL ANY GAPS IN YOUR DIET
You can easily track recipes and Wholesome will analyze your diet for nutritional gaps. The app allows you to assess your intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids. It then simply suggests healthy recipes that match your needs. So if you’re not getting enough Iron or Vitamin C in your diet, for example, Wholesome will suggest healthy whole food recipes that contain both. The more you eat, the more tailored the recommendations.
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