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Is it safe to have Burrata during pregnancy?

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Can you eat raw or smoked burrata when pregnant?

Burrata - also known as 

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Yes, you can eat burrata cheese when pregnant as long as both the cheese and the cream are made of pasteurized ingredients. Generally, it’s a good idea to cook burrata cheese before having it as the main risk with having raw cheese is that of bacterial infection. Cooking allows you to ensure that most, if not all, of the bacteria present in the food is eliminated.

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You must be careful before eating smoked burrata cheese as the smoking process doesn’t kill all the bacteria present. Usually, it is safe to eat even smoked burrata cheese while pregnant if the ingredients are pasteurized. If unsure, check the label while buying at store or ask the server while ordering at restaurants to ensure it is made from pasteurized milk.

In countries such as Italy, where is there is no specific regulations regarding this, burrata can be made from unpasteurized milk. In the US however, it is mandatory to use pasteurized milk while making cheeses such as burrata, feta and halloumi, therefore, it is likely safe.

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As long as you take the necessary precautions, you can continue enjoying burrata cheese during pregnancy especially because it is the source of many nutrients. Since it’s a dairy product, it is rich in fats, which are an essential macronutrient for your body. It also contains vitamins like vitamins A, B12, and B2, which benefit your health in many ways- from improving your vision to keeping your skin healthy. These nutrients also aid in the growth of your baby.

References:

US FDA

Good source of
fats, vitamins A, B12, and B2
May contain harmful elements like...
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