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Ricotta during pregnancy: is this type of cheese allowed?

The versatile cream cheese from Italy is also very popular in Germany. Due to the many important minerals, trace elements, proteins and vitamins, the consumption of cheese is also highly recommended. But is ricotta a type of cheese that you can safely enjoy during pregnancy?

Ricotta and pregnancy: allowed?

Ricotta is an Italian cream cheese that, unlike other cream cheeses, does not consist of milk but of whey. Due to its diverse taste, not only savory but also sweet dishes can be prepared. So it's no wonder that pregnant cheese connoisseurs like to eat ricotta. But does cream cheese pose a risk during pregnancy? Ricotta, which you can find packaged in the supermarket, is safe to eat. Industrially produced ricotta is basically made from pasteurized milk. Ricotta is not only incredibly delicious, but also a very recommendable type of cheese due to its low calorie and low fat content.

Cheese in pregnancy

Even if ricotta is allowed during pregnancy, unfortunately this does not apply to all types of cheese. Because some varieties contain pathogens that could harm your unborn child. Care should be taken with raw milk cheese and cream cheese that is sold in the open, because the milk is only heated slightly during production. There is therefore a very high risk that germs such as listeria or salmonella will survive the low temperature and multiply. These germs lead to infections during pregnancy, which could lead to dangerous complications.

Tips for cheese lovers during pregnancy

  • Heat cheese:
    If you are unsure about a type of cheese, you can heat the cheese, because if the cheese is baked or heated in the oven for more than two minutes at over 70 degrees, you can be sure that all possible pathogens will be killed
  • Cut off the cheese rind:
    Listeria can be found on the rind, this also applies to cheese made from pasteurized milk
  • Pickled cheese:
    Due to the open storage of pickled cheese and cream cheese, germs can multiply, which is why they should not be eaten

Which cheese is allowed during pregnancy?

If you feel like eating cheese during your pregnancy, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because there are some types that are completely harmless during pregnancy:

  • Semi-hard and soft cheese made from pasteurized milk, but without rind: Gouda, butter cheese, Leerdammer, Edam
  • Hard cheese without rind: Parmesan, Emmental, mountain cheese
  • Cooked cheese, processed cheese
  • Baked camembert, oven cheese, cheese fondue, raclette
  • Industrially packaged cream cheese: feta, sheep cheese, cottage cheese
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