Is it safe to eat cured or smoked foods while I’m pregnant? | BabyCenter

Colette La Salle

R.D.

Smoked or cured meats such as bacon, hot dogs, or ham may be contaminated during processing with bacteria and other organisms, which are destroyed by heat. So while you’re pregnant, it’s advisable to eat them only if they’ve been heated until steaming hot.

You’re more vulnerable to illness when you’re pregnant, because your immune system isn’t as strong is it usually is. In addition, microorganisms can cross the placental barrier, and your baby’s immune system might not be sufficiently mature to fight them off.

Eating properly prepared smoked or cured meats isn’t likely to harm you, but these foods are high in fat and sodium and low in essential nutrients, so it’s wise not to eat too much of them.

John Larsen

ob-gyn, genetics

Smoked and cured foods could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria, so avoid them. Some of the bacteria, especially Listeria and E. coli, can cross the placenta and seriously harm your baby.

via Is it safe to eat cured or smoked foods while I’m pregnant? | BabyCenter.

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