During pregnancy, women have more diverse desires and requirements for food. In this state, women should be more selective. Despite the irresistible desire (especially before 13 weeks), it is worth making sure that a certain product does not fall into the list of non-recommended.
If you turn to nutrition experts, many will advise you to refrain from eating Chinese food. East dishes are quite varied, so the ban does not apply to all products. Understanding it and choosing a safe option is quite difficult for an unenlightened person.
“We All Love Chinese Food – But is it safe during pregnancy?.”
It’s no secret that the food in high-end Chinese restaurants is different from the food in regular eateries. The composition itself, the ratio of ingredients, and methods of preparation may contradict the requirements regarding the nutrition of women in positions.
Avoid Chinese Street Food While Pregnant
If the question is about street food, then it’s not even about the nationality or type of the food. We don’t even understand why street food is allowed to exist with such high risks of poisoning and lack of control for ingredients.
Why Eating Street Food While Pregnant Can be a Mistake:
- Unknown condition of ingredients
- No standards of quality
- Absence of certifications
- Street pollution and debris
- Cannot properly clean and sanitize during the day
- Huge traffic and potential transmission
Due to frequent personnel changes, new staff often makes mistakes with food that is served to public. A small budget forces owners to save on equipment. This leads to poor-quality freezing of meat. Sanitary standards are also not sufficiently regulated.
Employees of street food kiosks do not undergo (or do it at the wrong time) the necessary medical examinations. They can identify diseases for which work permits cannot be approved. Ingredients in food that do not contain components prohibited for pregnant women may be harmful substitutes of lower quality.
Chinese food that dehydrates the body can affect the fetus inside the woman. Also, the components of dishes, as a rule, are prepared separately and using different technologies. This means that among such a variety, the likelihood of encountering a product that is too fatty or salty is much greater.
Chinese Cuisine Has Mixes of Sauces
Chinese food has a fairly wide range of sauces that are used quite often. For example, Chinese soy sauce, which includes boiled beans, can be hard on the stomach of pregnant women. It is also used as a coating for fried foods. This combination with fried can affect the condition of a woman and her baby.
Chinese assortment includes sweet and sour sauces. Restaurants include ingredients such as apple cider vinegar. This acid has a list of harmful properties and is contraindicated for pregnant women.
Secondly, Chinese sauces often include combinations of different flavors, sour with sweet and salty. This can lead to increased nausea and an increase in the number of vomiting in a pregnant woman.
Black pepper sauce includes a combination of hot peppers and beans with peanuts. Such a “cocktail” of ingredients may have an increased risk. With this diversity, there may even be several undesirable components. At the same time, the “soft” sauce, which includes cream and fruits, is combined with several types of hot peppers.
Chinese food still has sweet sauces, with honey and sweet berries or fruits. However, even they include garlic, onion, and ground hot peppers. In almost any Chinese sauce, you can find a forbidden ingredient or combination.
Dishes with Spicy Ingredients
China’s location next to India serves as a foundation for trade and the use of Indian hot spices in cuisine. Thus, their food rarely goes without spicy additives. Whether it’s soup or seafood, spicy ingredients are most often present in varying amounts.
It is worth noting that spicy food, for eastern countries, is a completely different spiciness compared to European peoples. Although spicy foods in small doses can be useful, there is more harm in them for pregnant women.
With strong desire, it is better to taste a small portion of a spicy dish of food. We recommend doing this only in first trimester.
Chinese dishes are very hot on the Scoville scale and the concentration of these spices is higher than other cuisines. When roasting meat, sauces or rice shells are seasoned with pepper or garlic. Since the body of a woman is more vulnerable during pregnancy, such a concentration of sharpness is unlikely to have an effect.
Unusual to Your Diet Meats and Vegetables
Among different nationalities, there are differences in taste preferences and stomach structures. Food habitual for one person can be completely rejected by the body of another person. Chinese meat is cut into very small cubes and wrapped in oil with other ingredients. This oil may include many fatty components, which are too much for one piece.
If meat is imported from other countries, many suppliers introduce special preservatives into it for storage and sale. The level of production and environmental pollution in mass meat production regions is quite high. All this can be attributed to seafood and meats, which does not go through the entire cycle of conservation to a sufficient extent. Various “steroids” were often found inside animals.
Great need for food is forcing the government to use genetic engineering, various pesticides, and growth stimulants. This affects the quality of vegetables and milk. In addition to the fatty shell, you should pay attention to the meat marinating technology. For pregnant women, these products can be very harmful.
Risks When Ordering Unknown Food While Pregnant
What consequences and hidden threats can await careless women in a position who order food from unknown sources. There are a lot of risks and it is worth analyzing each of them.
Poor heat treatment
Foods that have not been sufficiently cooked can, in the worst case, cause food poisoning. In the worst-case scenario, you can catch an infection that will either have an immediate effect or will have a gradual effect on the fetus. There are also known cases of miscarriage.
Increased vomiting due to an unusual combination, or poor handling, can impair a woman’s health and immunity. In this state, the expectant mother becomes more vulnerable to other external stimuli. Frequent illnesses can cause a lack of nutrients for the child. The woman’s body will be able to concentrate only on her recovery.
Damaged food containers
Even canned foods can be in damaged containers, which, for a certain time, let air through and accumulate bacteria. Some establishments may use such products as an addition to the main ingredients.
Unexpected ingredients in a dish
Foods may be based on fatty oils, harmful acids, or spicy seasonings that are not listed in the composition of the dish. In pregnant women, blood circulation can be accelerated, and cholesterol plaques in this situation cause blockages much more often. The child may receive fewer nutrients from the mother.
Unknown condition of food
A “homemade product” may be a semi-finished product that has been frozen under unknown conditions. It is not uncommon for an already prepared and heated order to be frozen again and stored for the next client.