Mulberries for Toddlers? Pregnant Women? Adults? | Alovitox

by Kirsten Ahlmark November 08, 2018 2 min read

Mulberries for Toddlers? Pregnant Women? Adults? | Alovitox

White mulberry, botanically known as Morus alba, is a medium-sized tree with a relatively short lifespan. But you better believe that they make the most of their short life - they produce some of the sweetest candy nature has to offer!

In the western world, we have blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and even kiwi berries - but have you ever had a mulberry?  

The mulberry fruit has been used for thousands of years in China and throughout Europe. Originally cultivated in China as a nutrient-dense meal for silkworms, as they needed their silkworms to be strong and healthy to produce enough silk to meet demand. [3] Eventually the leaves of white mulberry became a traditionally used medicine in China to treat diabetes and tonify the blood. [1]

They are one of the few fruits that have a considerable protein source. Not only that, but they’re also a great source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and even potassium. Scoot over, bananas! High in fiber, low in fat and sugar, this chewy dried berry is a no brainer for anyone who wants to snack sweet without feeling guilty about how much they eat. 

White mulberries also have resveratrol, a phytochemical you’ve probably already heard of in red wine. Resveratrol is thought to have a positive effect on heart health. A study on the resveratrol and antioxidant properties of underutilized fruits found that consumption of mulberries could "help fight against heart related diseases and cancer and hence has a tremendous scope for development…” [2]

So we know that white mulberries are little sugar bombs of greatness - but who exactly can enjoy them? 

Are mulberries safe for pregnancy? 

What about for toddlers and kids? 

Should those with diabetes be eating mulberries? 

We’ve got the answers! 

 

Pregnancy: 

You should consult with your doctor, naturopath or herbalist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is standard though, as you are carrying a mini human and all medications should be approved by a licensed professional for the best results on that mini human. 

Toddlers and kids:

Again, for these mini humans, you’ve gotta be overly cautious - so we always say check with your child’s primary physician before giving them any new foods you’re unsure of. However, once the toddler days are in the past, it seems you should be good to go! Studies have found no adverse side effects from taking white mulberry. 

Diabetics:

White mulberry might lower blood sugar levels, which is why white mulberry has traditionally been used to treat diabetes. Studies have found that it works similarly to certain pharmaceutical medications for type 2 diabetes. Those who have diabetes can and should take mulberry for this reason precisely, however, their blood sugar levels should be monitored to ensure they do not experience hypoglycemia. [4]

Everyone else:

There are so many ways to enjoy white mulberry, and with so many benefits, eating this sweet little berry might just be the most reasonable thing you could do for yourself right now. Order a bag for yourself and let us know what you think - we love to hear from you. 

Sources:

4. https://hellodoktor.com/herbal/white-mulberry/

Kirsten Ahlmark
Kirsten Ahlmark


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