How to eat meat safely in pregnancy

Eating meat safely during pregnancy

Although during pregnancy the expectant mother can -and should- eat everything, especially nutritious, healthy and healthy foods, she must take certain precautions with certain foods because of the risk that they can entail both for her health and for the baby's health. This is what happens, for example, with meat or fish, because if they are in poor condition, consumed raw or poorly cooked, they can transmit a series of diseases whose infections could become a serious danger for the proper development of gestation

But this does not only happen with meat or fish. It also happens with the vegetables and vegetables that we usually consume raw in the form of a salad. Did you know that, for example, you can become infected with toxoplasmosis by consuming tomato, lettuce or cucumber - among others - contaminated, and especially badly washed ?.

What meat to choose and how to prepare it - and cook it - safely

In addition to taking care of the state and cooking of the meat we are going to consume, it is also essential to choose it well, and to choose among the most suitable varieties, discarding those that are not so advisable during the months that the gestation lasts.

For example, it is advised avoid hunting meat completely , since in addition to being more difficult to digest (process that can cost you even more during pregnancy), tends to produce a greater amount of metabolic waste.

In turn, you should pay attention to the state of the meat you are going to buy. Not only ensure on your labeling that the meat comes from animals born, raised and slaughtered in our country (because it is much safer, being a fresher meat), but check the quality of it is in function to if it has come to drop a lot water in the tray in which it has been packaged.

Tips to prepare safe meat in pregnancy

When preparing it, if you are going to cook it, you should keep certain precautions: always make sure to wash your hands with hot water and soap both before and after handling the raw meat, try not to get it in contact with the rest of food, and avoid replacing the undercooked meat on the meat board where you could cut it and handle it when it was raw (especially if you have not washed and cleaned it well), since the possible pathogens that the meat had they will remain in the table, and the cooked piece will be contaminated again.

And when it comes to eating it?

When it is time to consume it, it is vitally important to have cooked it very well , and that does not have parts or pieces that may be raw. In these cases, simply replace it in the griddle or pan and continue cooking a few more minutes.

And how to make sure it has been well cooked? Very simple: see if the piece you're going to eat has a pink spot or, in the thickest spots, some blood. If so, it still has raw parts and therefore has not been well cooked. You can also check it by making some cuts in the most central part, so that if it is more pink or with blood stains it is advisable to cook it a little more.

This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Physician.
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