DURING pregnancy it’s important to know what foods you need to avoid in order to keep you and your baby safe.
Can you eat mozarella when pregnant?
If you’re a cheese lover then you will be happy to know the answer is yes – you can enjoy mozzarella during your pregnancy.
However, you need to make sure this soft cheese has been made with pasteurised milk.
This is because pasteurisation – the process of heating foods to temperatures high enough to eliminate pathogens – kills any harmful bacteria.
The most common bacteria when eating cheese is known as listeria – and this could potentially cause yourself or your baby harm, by causing an infection called listeriosis.
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This is because people who are pregnant are 10 times more likely than others to get a listeria infection.
However, if you read food labels carefully when purchasing mozzarella, or if you’re dining out and ask the staff questions regarding the cheese – you can safely enjoy this popular pizza cheese.
What cheeses can you eat when pregnant?
You will be surprised to know that the list of cheeses you can eat during pregnancy is pretty long – and includes some of the dairy product favourites.
As long as the cheese is made with pasteurised milk and smells and looks safe, you can enjoy any of the hard and soft cheeses on this list.
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- Cottage cheese
- Goats’ cheese
- Processed cheeses – such as cheese spreads.
What cheeses can you not eat when pregnant?
As most pregnant women know, there are some foods you need to avoid or take particular care with when pregnant.
This is because they could potentially make you ill or harm your baby.
But as long as you are aware of what not to eat – you can enjoy your meals without worry.
Here’s a list of cheeses that you should avoid during your pregnancy – unless they are thoroughly cooked until piping hot.
- Blue brie
- Baron bigod
- Pont l’eveque
- Vacherin fribourgeois
- Danish blue
- Shropshire blue
- Blue wensleydale
- Bleu d’auvergne
- Torta del cesar