Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What do fried ice cream, au gratin potatoes, and breaded ranch chicken all have in common?

Before I tell you, let me tell you why I ask.

Last week, we ran a big analysis to find the ten best recipes for pregnant women. Fried ice cream, au gratin potatoes, and breaded chicken all showed up in the top ten.

That seemed wrong.

In fact, it wasn't just those three recipes. Six of the top ten seemed highly suspicious:

Long Boy Burgers
Oven "Fried" Chicken
Fried Ice Cream
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Hashbrown Casserole
Breaded Ranch Chicken

Seriously, should we really be recommending that pregnant women have a daily allowance of fried ice cream?

After careful examination, we finally realized what was going on.

All six recipes have one thing in common.


Our scoring system included three nutrients that are really hard to get from natural foods: thiamin, vitamin b12, and vitamin d.

Less than 5% of recipes contain enough of those three nutrients. Corn flakes are fortified with all three.

Is this fair? Should the nutrition in fortified foods count just as much as naturally occurring nutrition?

We didn't think so, but what do you think?

Maybe we should have called our post "Throw out the prenatal, eat corn flakes instead."


  1. Because of the growing fetus, a pregnant woman's dietary need is also doubly increased. Even if the menu mentioned all contain one common ingredient, the woman needs variety as there are scents and smells that may cause the woman to vomit (due to the increased circulating maternal hormones). For instance, a pregnant woman in Canada may eat the same type of food and take the same set of vitamins but may not eat the same set of food because of food preference or allergies or any pre-existing medical condition.


  2. The pregnant woman should not get carbohydrates and other important vitamins and minerals from food alone. It is noteworthy to say that vitamins and minerals do dissipate when cooked. So it is advisable for the women to take vitamins either prescribed, bought from a store or online.

    Lauren Hixon

  3. All the recipe are really delicious and useful for pregnant women. I hope that all the item are really important for my wife because she also pregnant. Oven "fried" chicken,au gratin potato casserole tare etc are really yummy said my wife. If you want to know about this recipe you can follow this article.

    Paediatric Care