A major concern of mothers-to-be is what foods they can or cannot include in their diet to ensure their baby’s healthy growth and development. In this article, we talk about whether it is safe to eat mayonnaise during pregnancy, the nutritional value of mayonnaise, and the risks of consuming mayonnaise during pregnancy.
Pregnant women can eat mayonnaise if it is made using pasteurised eggs. Commercially produced mayonnaise is also safe since it is made of pasteurised eggs. Mayonnaise is made of egg yolk, lemon juice or vinegar, and vegetable oil. The lecithin and protein present in the yolk act as emulsifiers and stabilise the mayonnaise, keeping all the ingredients blended.
The primary risk associated with eating raw eggs is a food-borne disease caused by the salmonella bacteria. The disease is called salmonellosis and it causes nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. It also causes other serious complications like extreme dehydration, reactive arthritis, bacteria in the bloodstream, and meningitis. This disease can also be transferred to the foetus and cause severe developmental defects.
There are several varieties of mayonnaise available, and you can decide which one you want to get based on the egg and fat content. Here are the different kinds of mayonnaise available in the market:
Whether you opt for homemade, fresh, or commercially produced mayonnaise, it is important to know the nutritional content and ingredients to make sure it is healthy for you and your baby. Here is the nutritional content of mayonnaise:
You can consume mayonnaise by using it as a dressing on your salad or spreading it on your bread slices before making a healthy veggie or chicken sandwich. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can mix in other condiments with mayonnaise and make it a fun dip for your carrot sticks, turning it into a healthy snack! But consume it in a limited amount.
Furthermore, do remember that you consume mayonnaise made of pasteurised eggs only (and in limited quantities). For a healthy pregnancy, eat it once in a while!
Although mayonnaise contains several vitamins and minerals, excessive consumption can cause harm to you and your baby. Some of the effects of excessive mayonnaise consumption are:
Here are some tips for choosing the right type of mayonnaise:
In case you are concerned about the high fat and sodium content present in mayonnaise and are worried about the threat of salmonellosis, you can try these healthier alternatives:
You can enjoy homemade mayonnaise using pasteurised eggs. Here’s how!
Commercial mayonnaise is made from pasteurised eggs and is free from bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses. It is better to be safe by consuming only pasteurised mayonnaise during pregnancy.
Hollandaise and bearnaise sauces are made by mixing eggs and clarified butter on low heat. The heating can get rid of some of the bacteria, but not all of it. These sauces can be eaten if they are made using pasteurised eggs.
Usually, expired mayonnaise can still be eaten 3-4 months after the best-before date. However, pregnancy is not the time to take unnecessary risks by eating spoilt or expired foods. This can make you ill and affect your baby. So, it is better to avoid expired mayonnaise during pregnancy.
You do not have to avoid mayonnaise completely during pregnancy. Small amounts of mayonnaise will not harm the baby. You only need to ensure you don’t eat mayo made using raw eggs during pregnancy to prevent food-borne diseases.
Resources and References: Being the Parent
This post was last modified on March 12, 2020 4:56 pm
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