Are You Prepping And Cooking Food Safely? Make Sure You Are - Food Related Illnesses Don't Just Affect You, But Your Unborn Baby Too.
With the holiday season fast approaching, you'll likely be in the kitchen cooking more often. Holiday cooking is super fun,...
With the holiday season fast approaching, you'll likely be in the kitchen cooking more often. Holiday cooking is super fun, but can also be dangerous for pregnant women. As I've noted here before food safety is a major issue for pregnant women. In fact, pregnant women are 20 times more likely to be exposed to a food related illness, so it's important to go over some safety tips now, before the holidays kick off. Food safety tips for pregnancy and beyond:
- Before you do any food prep ever, wash your hands with soap and hot water. This is one of the best ways to avoid food-borne illness. If you're sick avoid preparing food for others, especially if you yourself have a diarrhea-based illness.
- Always wash fresh, uncooked produce. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables in running tap water to remove visible dirt and grime. EVEN if you buy only organic, you still need to wash produce before you eat it.
- Cut food after you wash it, not before.
- To prep safe and healthy salads, remove and discard the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage before eating.
- Don't leave cut produce at room temperature for many hours - it needs to be refrigerated.
- Prepare fresh foods over canned food items. Canned foods have been shown to expose you and your unborn baby to BPA.
- Avoid soft cheese while pregnant.
- Stay up-to-date on food recalls. Anything can be recalled, even, as we've seen recently, something as seemingly safe as eggs. Food recalls pose a risk to everyone, but more so even if you're pregnant. Follow food safety news and recalls at the FDA website.
- Know the signs of food poisoning. For anyone, food poisoning is bad news. If you're pregnant, it's double bad news as it can affect your baby too. If you notice food poisoning signs see your midwife or doctor stat.