Can you eat Mcflurry when pregnant?

In this article we are going to answer can you eat Mcflurry when pregnant, what is a Mcflurry, is it healthy to eat Mcflurry when pregnant, what is the risk of eating Mcflurry when pregnant and how can I eat ice cream safely when pregnant. 

Can you eat Mcflurry when pregnant?

Yes, you can eat Mcflurry when pregnant but there is a risk of food poisoning. All Mcdonald’s dairy products are pasteurized but the soft-serve ice cream can be contaminated with bacteria. Soft serve machines need to be cleaned regularly.

Several studies have found that soft-serve ice cream can be contaminated because of not enough or good hygiene. 

Another risk is that too much Mcflurry can lead to weight gain and worsen some diseases when pregnant like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and high blood pressure. 

What is a Mcflurry?

Mcflurry is a brand of ice cream that is sold by Mcdonald’s. It was invented in Canada in 1995 and was tested in the USA in 1997. It is now sold all over the world. 

Mcflurry consists of whipped, soft-serve Mcdonald’s vanilla-flavored ice cream in a cup. It was specially designed with a spoon with a hole that is attached to the blender. There are various flavors that vary from market to market. 

The ice cream that is used in Mcdonald’s Mcflurry is the same as its cones and sundaes. It is made with ultra-pasteurized milk and methylcellulose. In 2016, McDonald’s changed some ingredients of the ice cream and removed artificial flavors. 

Flavors vary in different countries but some are

  • Chocolate Pretzel Mcflurry
  • Mcflurry With Oreo Cookies
  • Mcflurry with M&M’s candies
  • Cadbury Milk Chocolate flake Mcflurry
  • Cadbury Flake Raspberry Mcflurry
  • Smarties Mcflurry
  • Maltesers Mcflurry

Is it healthy to eat Mcflurry when pregnant?

Mcflurry is not a portion of healthy food but you can eat it once in a while if you can assure that the soft serve machine has been cleaned properly. 

One Mcflurry with Oreo Cookies contains 258 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5.5 grams of saturated fats, 32 grams of sugar, and 0.27 grams of sodium. 

The recommendation for pregnant women is not to eat more than 30 grams of sugar per day. One Mcflurry gives you 32 grams. Moderation is the key to eating soft serve if you can be 100% sure that it has been cleaned properly. The Oreo Mcflurry is one of the ‘healthiest’ options from the Mcflurry flavors. 

The balance between sweets and healthy eating is very important. If you are willing to take the risk of eating soft-serve ice cream in your Mcflurry choose the one with less sugar. Mcflurry can be a dessert once in a while. Remember it is very important that your everyday diet is healthy and balanced when pregnant. 

What is the risk of eating Mcflurry when pregnant?

The risk of eating Mcflurrys can be food poisoning from the soft-serve ice cream and the excess of calories, sugar and fat can lead to health problems. Food poisoning from soft-serve is weird because of food regulations but it still can happen. 

Mcflurrys ice cream contains excessive amounts of sugar. It can lead to rapid weight gain and more health complications. Some complications of rapid weight gain can be fatal for the baby and mom.

  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Complications during birth
  • Baby health 

Gestational Diabetes

You can develop gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a state where blood sugar is high and can’t be regulated by insulin. You may need to take medication and the mother can develop diabetes even after the baby is born. 

High Blood pressure

You can develop eclampsia and preeclampsia. Both can lead to mother and baby complications and even death. 

Complications during birth 

If you gain too much weight it’s more likely that you end up in cesarean because vaginal birth tends to be more difficult with excess weight. Also, babies of mothers who gain too much weight are usually bigger. 

Baby health 

Moms that gain too much weight tend to have babies with high birth weight and these babies have more risk of being obese and developing diabetes when older. 

How can I eat ice cream safely when pregnant?

The safest way to eat ice cream is to go to the supermarket and buy it. All store ice cream has been pasteurized. Even if soft-serve has been made with pasteurized ingredients, you can skip the risk of food poisoning because of the soft-serve machine. Here are some brands that are safe to eat when pregnant:

  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Blue Bell
  • Haagen Dazs

Are you still craving Mcflurry, follow this link for a healthy Mcflurry recipe

Conclusion

This article answered can you eat Mcflurry when pregnant, what is a Mcflurry, is it healthy to eat Mcflurry when pregnant, what is the risk of eating Mcflurry when pregnant and how can I eat ice cream safely when pregnant. 

Citation

https://www.mashed.com/146764/the-untold-truth-of-mcdonalds-mcflurry/

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