Can you eat Christmas pudding when pregnant? (5 other things to avoid)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you eat Christmas pudding when pregnant? We will discuss the instances where you must avoid eating Christmas pudding and the harm that it can bring to you and your baby. We will also list a few other things to avoid when pregnant. 

Can you eat Christmas pudding when pregnant?

You can eat Christmas pudding if you are pregnant and the Christmas pudding is fresh and free of liquor. Christmas pudding must not have any form of alcohol and must be in its prime condition. Christmas pudding must be stored properly to retain its freshness.

 You must not eat Christmas pudding if you are pregnant as the alcohol-based liquid can make its way to the baby. Even if the alcohol was added prior to baking, much of it is retained even after. Therefore, you need to avoid Christmas pudding if there is brandy, whisky, or a liquor-based sauce added to the Christmas pudding.

Why must you avoid eating Christmas pudding when pregnant?

Christmas Pudding is a lightly-steamed fruitcake that is fed with either brandy or whisky poured over it. Christmas pudding served with either brandy or whisky is a crucial part of Christmas.

Alcohol is added either before or after baking the Christmas pudding. If food was cooked in alcohol on a stovetop much of it evaporated but for baked foods such as Christmas pudding, more than 80 percent of it remains.

 In Britain, Ireland, and England, and even in some other western countries, the fruitcake is baked like a regular cake and dressed with alcohol.

 Christmas Pudding has a deep-rooted history with cultural and religious beliefs. Ten ingredients highlighted in religious books mention brandy as one of the ingredients in Christmas pudding at the Christmas dinner. Christmas pudding is made two months ahead so that it soaks in brandy and stays preserved for months and even years.

Christmas pudding is rich and flavorful. The sweet notes are provided by the nuts and fruits while spicy ones by the cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. 

Brandy, Whisky, or rum provides a nice touch to make the Christmas pudding by making it even more strong, sweet, and fruity. It also contributes to the texture of the Christmas pudding by keeping it moist, and crumbly and keeping the Christmas pudding the ideal dessert for the day. 

If you make Christmas pudding at home, omit the brandy or ask your host if they have brandy added to their Christmas pudding.

What can you add to your Christmas Pudding if you are pregnant?

If you are pregnant, you do not have to eat bland pudding by itself, there are many recipes out there you could make to eat.

 Instead of a liquor-based beverage, you can try caramelized baked apple terrine, cranberry jelly, zesty orange custard with your Christmas pudding.

 Make marmalade and orange sauce by simmering marmalade with orange sauce on medium flame to make it into a syrup.

 You can also add stem ginger and honeycomb ice cream, or caramelized pistachio.

Why must you avoid alcohol if you are pregnant?

Alcohol can poison and harm your baby by making its way from your bloodstream to the baby. A fetus or baby can not process alcohol. Alcohol would have a negative impact on your child’s development. The liver is one of the last organs to develop, however, months into the pregnancy, the baby’s body still cannot digest alcohol and have consequences to its health. 

During the first trimester, you must not drink any amount of alcohol. Some may permit drinking a couple of glasses of alcohol, but most food authorities discourage consuming any amount of alcohol throughout your pregnancy.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy causes an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and disabilities. Mothers who drink during pregnancy have been known to have babies with abnormal facial features, lower body weight and size, and problems with either heart, kidneys, or bones. 

It mostly affects the mental health of the child, causing it to have poor attention span, a bad memory, learning disabilities, low IQ, poor reasoning and judgemental skills, and speech and language delays. 

You must also avoid drinking eggnog, pate, cured, or semi-cooked meat such as ham, or unpasteurized cheese. Also, avoid food that has not been handled or stored properly. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you eat Christmas pudding when pregnant? We discussed the instances where you must avoid eating Christmas pudding and the harm that it can bring to you and your baby. We also listed a few other things to avoid when pregnant. 

Citations

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/drinking-alcohol-while-pregnant/
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-use.html
https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a542150/christmas-food-safety-when-youre-pregnant
https://www.babycenter.com.au/a542150/christmas-food-safety-when-youre-pregnant

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.