Can you eat deli meats while pregnant?
Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking. Cold cuts are now sprayed with a food additive that helps prevent Listeria before packaging. You don't need to panic if you are pregnant and have been eating deli meats. The probabilities are in your favor that nothing has happened.
This includes precooked and deli meats (such as turkey, chicken, roast beef, ham, prosciutto, and bologna), hot dogs, bacon, dry sausages (such as salami and pepperoni), refrigerated pâtés and meat spreads, smoked meat, and foods that you've cured yourself. (Canned foods are okay.)
- In fact, 50 percent of us eat one each day. But these days you may be thinking twice about grabbing a sandwich on your lunch break, and not just for the carbs in the bread. With its processed reputation, deli meat (including sliced turkey, ham, and roast beef) is not making many “clean eating” lists these days.
- Women of childbearing age, pregnant and nursing women, and children may: * Eat up to 12 ounces a week of canned light tuna and other low-mercury fish, such as salmon, shrimp, catfish, pollock, and fish sticks. * Eat up to 6 ounces of fresh or canned albacore (white) tuna. They have more mercury than light tuna.
- You can enjoy bacon safely during pregnancy. Just make sure to cook it thoroughly, until it's steaming hot. Too much bacon isn't good for anyone. But during pregnancy, there's no reason you can't enjoy a well-cooked serving of bacon and eggs every once in a while.
Updated: 2nd October 2019