Can you eat Eton mess when pregnant?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “can you eat Eton mess when pregnant?”. We will also talk about food to avoid during pregnancy.

Can you eat Eton mess when pregnant?

Eton mess can be eaten when pregnant whilst keeping in mind that the meringue is fully cooked and not baked enough. 

While pregnant, one can crave for this classic English dessert to get all the carbs and sugary goodness.

It is perfectly fine to eat Eton mess when pregnant. But saying that you should be a bit cautious to know if the meringues have been perfectly cooked to avoid food poisoning due to Salmonella present in raw eggs. Salmonella is killed when cooked which reduces the risk of getting food poisoning.

What is the Eton mess? 

Eaton mess is a traditional English dessert that is prepared by mixing whipped cream, meringue and strawberries, and other berries. The crunchy, creamy, cool, and sweet dessert is an effortless summer delicacy.

Eaton mess is a gluten-free dessert that stands somewhere between a fruit fool and a pavlova. It is generally served in a bowl with whipped cream, fresh and macerated fruits, berries, and crushed meringue. 

Is Eton mess the same as pavlova? 

Pavlova is a meringue that is then topped with whipped cream, seasonal fruits, and berries and finished with lemon curd whereas the Eaton mess is a mixture of meringue, seasonal fruits, and berries and meringue.

Eton mess and pavlova though consist of similar ingredients, the preparation, and presentation along with the taste and texture are different. 

The meringue used in the pavlova is slowly baked at low temperature to create a crispy outer layer and a soft marshmallowy centre.

What foods should you avoid eating when pregnant?

There are few food items that one should avoid eating when pregnant since they do not do any good for the health of the mother or the unborn baby. Here is the list of food items to avoid eating during pregnancy.

Seafood with high mercury content

Seafood that has a high mercury content should be avoided to eat because mercury is a highly toxic element and causes serious developmental problems in children. It can also affect the nervous system, immune system, and kidneys.

Sharks, swordfish, tuna, and king mackerel are a few fish to avoid since they are high in mercury. Fish like salmon and anchovies are fine to consume because they are low in mercury.

Raw or undercooked or smoked seafood

Consuming raw or undercooked or smoked seafood is more susceptible to viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection. 

The raw seafood can have salmonella and listeria in them. Pregnant women are more susceptible to listeria infections. 

These infections can affect the unborn baby and cause serious and fatal consequences.

Undercooked meat, poultry, and eggs

Raw and undercooked meat, poultry, and eggs can be home to many bacterias, viruses and parasites like salmonella, listeria, and E.coli which are infectious in nature and can harm the little one.

Unpasteurized foods including milk, cheese, and juices

Consuming unpasteurized milk, juice, and cheese made from unpasteurized milk should be avoided at all times when pregnant to avoid infection due to salmonella, listeria, E.coli, and campylobacter.

Pasteurisation is the most effective method of getting rid of harmful pathogens.

Alcohol of any kind

Alcohol of any kind should be completely avoided by a pregnant woman since it increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. 

Not even a small amount of alcohol should be consumed since it can cause foetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause facial deformities, heart issues, and decreased brain development

Sprouts

Sprouts should be completely washed and consumed by cooking them because the raw sprouts are contaminated with salmonella. 

The sprouts need a humid setting for the seeds to start sprouting which is also an ideal environment for the growth of pathogens including salmonella.

So it is advised to completely avoid eating raw sprouts.

Unwashed vegetables and fruits

Unwashed fruits and vegetables are contaminated with different pathogens and parasites like salmonella, listeria, and E.coli which come from the soil during harvesting. 

The most dangerous of the pathogens lingering in unwashed produce is Toxoplasma which can cause blindness and reduced brain activity after the birth of the child though it does not show any symptoms.

Most infants can get infected by Toxoplasma while still in their mother’s womb. So it is best to always eat washed produce or if possible avoid eating them raw. Cooking can destroy any pathogens and can be safe to consume.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “can you eat Eton mess when pregnant?”. We also talked about the food to avoid during pregnancy.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eton_mess

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.