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Cheese and the Pregnant Pause

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Cheese and the Pregnant Pause

by Artisanal Cheese on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:08pm · 

 

A question came up recently; actually this question comes up almost daily:

   

“Is it okay to eat cheese when you are pregnant”?  

   

The short answer is: Yes, same as it is for everyone else, except that it is not only okay; it is imperative that you eat cheese when you are pregnant.  

   

The questions are frequently centered on raw milk cheeses. 

 

“Which cheeses should I avoid while I am pregnant”? The underlying question is which ones are made from unpasteurized milk?

 

We do not advise you to ignore your obstetrician of course, yet as I mentioned in a recent post: cheese is not taught in medical school. Obstetricians should certainly know a lot about nutrition, and I am certain that most of them do. My fear is that some of the diet guidelines recommended may be based on incomplete or imprecise science.

 

One of the pitfalls I encounter with the assumption that pregnant women should only eat pasteurized cheeses is that this gives a false sense of security, as though pasteurization is an absolute, that the cheese is squeaky clean so there should be no concern whatsoever.

 

I have been asked these questions hundreds of times so I wanted to get to the bottom of it. I also happen to be a parent.

Read Max’s compelling argument via on Artisanal’s facebook.com page.

Pregnant

 

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