Our ways of cooking meals range from one kind to the others. Every method possesses its own positive and negative points. Different kinds of diet can even be more delicious as the result of proper cooking. Boiling and steaming are known as the healthiest methods of cooking. When you boil or steam your food, you are less likely to gain unnecessary fat from frying oil. If you choose to fry your meals, try to replace your ordinary cooking oil with olive oil. It contains less fat and promotes your health better. Another way of cooking method is grilling. People love grilled foods, as they are usually tastier than boiled, steamed, or fried food. Grilling food also does not put as much calories and fat as frying ones. However, some questions about grilling and pregnancy are often asked. When you boil, steam, and fry your diets, you are not exposing the foods directly to the fuel you are using. You are using containers like pans or frying pans and use the medium like water and oil. On the other side, grilling means exposing your foods to the fuel—gas, electricity, or charcoal used to cook them. Hence, it is not surprising that some expecting mothers are wondering about how safe is the contact between foods and the grilling fuel, and whether grilled foods are safe for pregnancy.
What are the pros and cons of grilling your foods?
Foods are cooked to eliminate possible contaminating bacteria and parasite, and to promote better tastes. Grilled foods are delicious, and some foods are perfect when grilled, not boiled nor fried. There are pros and cons about grilling your favorite diets.
- Your grilled meat contain lower fat than the fried one, because the fat drips during grilling process. Because your calories intake goes lower when your foods are grilled, you can manage your weight gain better. Grilled foods are also lower in cholesterol and thus, decrease the risk of having heart disease and increasing blood pressure.
- Your foods done faster when grilled. It means maintaining more vitamins and minerals inside the meat or vegetables.
- Grilled foods, especially charcoal grilled tastes better, because you get additional taste from the burnt charcoal smoke.
- The smoke from fat drips are bad things. It can promote cancer if consumed excessively.
- Some foods are grilled medium or medium rare, and there is a chance of bacterial contamination when you do not have your diets fully cooked.
- Some grill that is not cleaned well might leave carcinogens. You need to scrub your grill after used to minimize the contamination of possible carcinogens.
Is Grilled Food Safe during Pregnancy?
When you are invited to a fun barbecue and pregnant, you might be doubtful about the safety of those grilled food for your pregnancy. As known, grilled foods might contain carcinogens as the result of charcoal burnt. However, with several precautions, you can still enjoy your barbecue as well as staying safe for your pregnancy.
- Before grilling sausages and deli meats, you can toast them first in the microwave. Uncooked sausages and deli meats may contain Listeria, which can cause miscarriage and birth defect. When grilling those foods, make sure you cook them through. You should see smoke when they are sliced.
- When grilling meats—beef, fish, and pork you should make sure they are not medium. Cook them through to avoid Salmonella and Toxoplasmosis which are contained by raw meat. Salmonella can cause diarrhea and thus, dehydrated while Toxoplasmosis can lead to eye and brain damage to your unborn.
- Marinating your food before grilled also decrease the possibility of catching carcinogens, as the salt can block those carcinogens.
- Frozen foods have to be thawed before grilled, to make it evenly cooked later. Uncooked frozen part might still contain bacteria.
- Shellfish should be opened when they are done. Should their shells are closed, do not eat them. It means they are not fresh and might contain bacteria.
- Grill some vegetables along with meat to get more nutrition.
Being pregnant does not mean you cannot enjoy tasteful barbecue. Those precautions can help you get healthier barbecue to keep your pregnancy healthy.