Should pregnant women avoid barbecue? Recipe
Should pregnant women avoid barbecue?
I have a pregnant daughter due any day now so this caught my eye. I suppose it’s best to error on the side of caution, but I’m wondering if there’s anything a pregnant women can eat. What do you think? — BBQ Grail
Originally published on Syracuse.com and written by Jennifer Thompson.
Pregnant women already know about many foods to avoid to keep their baby healthy. Now a study published in the April 2012 edition of the scientific journal Nutrition suggests they consider adding barbecued meat to that list.
Cooking food at high temperatures produces large amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), some of which are classified as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. When the food is in direct contact with flame, even more PAHs are generated due to the smoke and changes in the fat from high temperatures, according to the article.
The researchers studied 432 pregnant Polish women and found lower birth weights among babies of women who had consumed barbecued meat during pregnancy. “The newborns of women who consumed any barbecued meat in the third pregnancy trimester showed significantly lower birth weight by 189.4 g,” — 6.68 ounces — according to the study.
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