Dangerous Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

| February 1, 2014

 Dangerous Food to Avoid While Pregnant

Top 10 Dangerous Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

(Warning: Do not consume these while pregnant)

While these foods are not guaranteed to be dangerous, a pregnant mom has both herself and a baby to consider.  Any one of the foods below is higher on the risky eating list because they have the potential to be dangerous very dangerous to both mom and baby.

The consequences of choosing to eat any of the foods are significant and include the risk of salmonella, parasites, bacteria, listeria and E.coli as well as a host of other possible negative outcomes. They all can cause very serious illness, problems with the pregnancy and some even death.

These are 10 risky foods that should be avoided if at all possible.

#1: What? Raw cookie dough or cake batter
Why! May contain salmonella from the raw eggs
Do: Bake the cookies and cake. Don’t lick the raw batter off the spoon!

#2: What? Sushi, any raw or undercooked fishSushi - Foods to Avoid While Pregnant
Why! May contain parasites or bacteria in the fish. Something that is also important to note. I took a food safety course a few years back and the instructor was also a restaurant food inspector. He mentioned that he has investigated food related illnesses at sushi restaurants and what he found surprised me — more often than fish being the culprit, the rice caused the illness. Why? Frequently, sushi restaurants have cooked sushi rice sitting at room temperature and bacteria can grow at room temperature, which if high enough can make you sick.
Do: Cook all fish to 145°f
Do: Inquire with your local sushi restaurant about food safe temperatures for rice

#3: What? Salads made in a store sitting on the counter (ham salad, chicken salad, and seafood salad)
Why! May contain listeria
Do: Make salads at home, following the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook, and chill.

#4: What? Under cooked turkey stuffing
Why! May contain bacteria such as campylobacter or salmonella
Do: Cook stuffing to 165° f. Always try to cook the stuffing separately, not in the bird

#5: What? Raw shellfish, such as oysters and clams
Why! May contain vibrio bacteria
Do: Cook all shellfish to 145°f

#6: What? Undercooked or raw eggs and egg productsFoods to Avoid While Pregnant - Raw Egg
Why! Undercooked eggs may contain salmonella
Do: cook all eggs until yolks are firm. Cook any dishes containing eggs or egg products to 160°f

#7: What? Under cooked chicken
Why! May contain bacteria such as campylobacter or salmonella
Do: Cook poultry to 165° f. if the poultry is stuffed, cook the stuffing to 165°f. Better yet, cook the stuffing separately.

#8: What? Raw or undercooked sprouts, such as alfalfa, clover, mung bean, and radish
Why! May contain E.coli or salmonella
Do: Cook sprouts thoroughly

#9: What? Deli meats (includes hot dogs)
Why! May contain E.coli or salmonella, not to mention all the icky meat glues, nitrates and preservatives.

Do: Cook all deli meats and hot dogs thoroughly if you choose to eat them.
Do: Find alternatives to deli meats, for example eat whole chicken breast or carved meat from a steak or roast you’ve cooked yourself.

#10: What? Certain kinds of fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish (golden or white snapper)
Why! May contain high levels of mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin. Chronic exposure can damage the brain, spinal cord, most organs in adults and can contribute to infertility. Research has also found that exposure in the womb has been linked to birth defects and neuro-developmental problems in children.

Do: Eat fish and shellfish that are low in mercury, such as shrimp, salmon, Pollock, and catfish. Limit consumption of tuna per week. Canned light tuna show lower levels of mercury than albacore. Do your research in this area, including knowing where your fish comes from and what levels of mercury are within.


Some other potentially dangerous foods to avoid or remove while you are pregnant include: Foods to Avoid While Pregnant - Diet Soda

  • Aspartame (contained in diet soda, gum & other sugar free products)
  • All pop with sodium benzoate
  • Soy products
  • Pineapple
  • Unripe papaya
  • Sesame seeds
  • Alcohol
  • Sodium nitrite
  • Saccharin
  • Cesulfame
  • Caffeine
  • Olestra
  • Food with food dyes
  • Sugar
  • Genetically Modified Food (typically sugar, corn and soy)



Category: Diet, Food, Foods to Avoid, Nutrition

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