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Dates during Pregnancy

Dates are one of the sweetest and healthiest snacks that you can consume during pregnancy. Honestly, you may not have given this dry fruit much thought, but dates contain a considerable amount of nutrition that many of us are unaware of. In the former times, dates were considered to be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy, as they were effective to expedite and ease labor. But is it okay to eat dates during the early trimester of pregnancy?

Dates come from a flowering plant called the date palm, which has been an integral part of Middle East cuisine for thousands of years. A pregnant women can benefit from its nutritional properties, as it is filled with nutrition like natural fructose, fiber, iron, potassium, and folate. The benefits of dates extend to the mother as well as to her unborn child. They are safe to enjoy during pregnant, regardless of what stage or trimester you are at. Below are some of the amazing benefits consuming dates during pregnancy:

Offers instant Energy

Dates are enriched with fructose and natural sugar. Taking a couple of dates keeps your energy level high and helps you cope with all the mood swings and morning sickness during the pregnancy. They also contain a large amount of natural sugar that breaks down to produce energy without causing a significant spike in blood glucose levels.

Prevents constipation

Dates are high on fiber, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive system. It helps to prevent constipation during pregnancy and keeps the digestive tract healthy. A date contains about 6.7 grams of fiber, constituting approximately 25% of the 20 to 35 grams of fiber recommended each day. As a result, you feel full helps you to maintain healthy body weight, and lowers cholesterol levels during pregnancy.

Lower risk of Spina Bifida

Dates are a good source of folate with 15 mg per 100 g. Folate is an important nutrient which is vital during pregnancy. It lowers the risk of spina bifida which is one of the most common serious birth defects. It is advisable for pregnant women to take 600 micrograms of folate daily to fulfill their requirement.

Prevents Anemia

Dates are rich in iron. Consuming dates during pregnancy alleviate the deficiency of Anemia. Anemia occurs more frequently in pregnant women and they need twice as much iron as their non-pregnant counterparts. A severe iron deficiency can increase your probability of giving birth to a preterm or underweight infant. 

Maintains Water-Salt Balance

Dates are a rich source of potassium which helps in maintaining the water-salt balance in the body. It also helps in regulating blood pressure and preventing muscle cramps, which are common during pregnancy. The deficiency of this electrolyte mineral increases the risk of kidney problems.

Ease and stimulate Labor

During pregnancy, consuming a sufficient number of dates can help in shortening labor and ease the whole process of delivery. Dates have similar effects of oxytocin to the body, which contracts the womb causing the uterus to become more sensitive. Three different studies have determined that women who consume dates at 36-37 weeks of pregnancy experience fewer labor inductions, shorten the first phase of labor, and have a larger cervical cavity at the time of delivery.

Dates during pregnancy


All said and done, dry fruits are most commonly consumed during pregnancy, but with high calorie contents in them moderation is the key to munch on these superfood. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consuming dates, as they are high in calorie contents. You should consume no more than a few at a time. Dates enhances the journey of being a new mother and fills it with its sweetness and goodness. Along with satisfying their sweet tooth they also fulfills their sugar craving without compromising with health.

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8 Benefits of Saunf or Fennel Seeds

Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare Miller), a pleasant-smelling herb is found throughout the world and is often used in cooking as a spice. This not only adds flavour to the dish with its sweet and woody flavour but also acts as a digestive. Fennel seeds and the oil extracted from it are used to make medicine. In India, if you notice, people chewing fennel seeds post-meal, that is primarily because of its digestive properties and also because it acts as a mouth freshener. Moreover, Ayurveda states that the use of fennel as medicines reduces all three TRI DOSHA – VATA, PITTA and KAPHA.

Thus, at Masala Monk, we have come up with a range of products that has fennel seeds in it. Select your favourite homemade products and enjoy the benefit of fennel seeds through some flavourful dishes. But before that, here is a quick view of the benefits of fennel seeds:

  • Natural digestive solution for issues like bloating, loss of appetite, colic, heartburn, and intestinal gas
  • Fennel relaxes the colon and decreases respiratory tract secretions which act like estrogen in the body
  • The presence of nitrates in fennel seeds helps maintain cardiovascular health
  • It acts as a cure for cough, bronchitis, diarrhoea, upper respiratory tract infection, menstrual disorders, and constipation
  • Loaded with vitamins, fennel seeds are also beneficial in eye problems
  • It acts as a mouth freshener, while relieves gum disease or toothache
  • Fennel has a cooling effect on the body and comes very handy during summers
  • It contains a high dose of essential oils such as anethole, estragole, and fenchone, much needed by your body

And below the list of Masala Monk products that has fennel seeds in it:

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Win Masala Monk Hampers!

Its 2020 time and we are excited! To keep the excitement flowing here we are with our FIRST EVER contest!

We have kept it very simple – and the best part – everyone can be a winner, yes you read it right. And No you do not need to invite your friends or share or collect likes, none of that is needed.

All you need to do is record a video from your mobile or preferred camera and upload the same on our facebook page. A video of you sharing your feelings or feedback about a Masala Monk product, or how exactly you like to use it. If some product or creator has a life-changing impact, we are keen to hear that as well.

Here are some things that are a must.

  • You yourself or someone from your family to feature in the video and express their feelings.
  • Must hold one or multiple Masala Monk products in hand or in the frame.
  • Make sure you mention your age and location somewhere in the video.
  • The minimum length should be 30 seconds and a maximum 60 seconds.
  • Please make sure the video is uploaded on our facebook page here.

We would be picking up videos we like and featuring them on our website, product pages, social profiles, and advertising. If we like your video and use it for advertising you are going to get hundreds and thousands of eyeballs – making you famous maybe. Besides that, an awesome Hamper worth Rs.2000 would be sent over in case we pick your video.

Tips :

  • Make sure you record it in daylight or well-lit room.
  • Gardens, Balconies, Terraces work the best – the more natural the better.
  • Dress well and look smart – you got to become famous 🙂
  • Yes, mobile videos are acceptable.

So what are you waiting for – record a testimonial for us, upload it on our page and stand to get famous along with an awesome hamper from our side worth Rs.2000 ^_^