Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Dairy, Fruits, and Veggies

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Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Dairy, Fruits, and Veggies

Dairy

Avoid unpasteurized foods. Many low-fat dairy products - such as skim milk, mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese - can be a healthy part of your diet. But anything containing unpasteurized milk is a no-no. These products may lead to food-borne illnesses.

Unless these cheeses are clearly labeled as being made with pasteurized milk, don't eat:

  • Feta
  • Camembert
  • Blue cheese
  • Queso blanco
  • Queso fresco
  • Panela

Juices

Also avoid drinking unpasteurized juice. Unpasteurized juice may contain harmful bacteria from the raw fruits and vegetables. This bacteria can cause listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, which can be especially dangerous during pregnancy. Pasteurization kills the bacteria, making the juice safe to consume. 

 

Fruits and Vegetables 

Avoid unwashed fruits and vegetables. 

To eliminate any harmful bacteria, thoroughly wash all raw fruits and vegetables and cut away damaged portions. Avoid raw sprouts of any kind - including Alfalfa, Clover, Radish, and Mung bean - which may also contain disease causing bacteria.

  

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  • Jennifer Akiyama
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