Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Is it safe to eat soft-boiled or raw eggs during pregnancy?

Raw or under cooked eggs can carry harmful organisms such as E.Coli and Salmonella, which in turn can infect a pregnant women during pregnancy leading to an intestinal infection.

Soft-boiled or raw eggs may carry salmonella bacteria. So while you're pregnant, you may want to cook eggs until both the yolk and white are solid. This destroys salmonella bacteria and makes the eggs safe to eat.

Salmonella poisoning is unlikely to harm your baby, but it can be very unpleasant for you and lead to:
·       severe vomiting and diarrhea
·       abdominal pain
·       a headache
·       a high temperature

Guidelines to Use Eggs While Pregnancy

These guidelines will help you to cook eggs in ways that will reduce your risks:
·       boil a medium-sized egg for at least seven minutes
·       fry eggs on both sides
·       poach eggs until the white is completely set and opaque and the yolk is firm: this will take about five minutes for a medium-sized egg

The following food can contain raw or under cooked eggs and should be avoided during pregnancy:
·       Raw batter, filling, or cookie dough made with raw eggs
·        Eggnog and other egg-fortified beverages that are not thoroughly cooked
·       Homemade and fresh-made dressings and sauces made with raw eggs –
·       Caesar salad dressing
·       BĂ©arnaise sauce
·       Hollandaise sauce
·       Aioli sauce
·       Mayonnaise Desserts like: Homemade ice cream; Mousse; Meringue; Tiramisu


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