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Pregnant and pizza

  1. During pregnancy, women are advised not to eat some products as they may contain potentially dangerous bacteria or parasites. As a result, you cannot eat just anything during pregnancy. A pizza can be topped with many different ingredients. There is a real chance that any of these ingredients are potentially dangerous to a pregnant woman. Because of this there is sometimes uncertainty whether the pizza is safe to eat. How safe are pizzas during pregnancy?

History

  1. The pizza is originally a peasant dish that was eaten by the poorer population of Naples. The idea arose because round loaves were used as a plate in the past. Later rounds of loaves were baked that were topped with all kinds of ingredients. But the real pizza was not made in Naples until the 17th century. Today the pizza is available worldwide and many countries have created their own pizza variations.

Different types of pizzas

  1. The most famous pizza is the pizza Margherita, which owes its name to Queen Margaretha, who liked this pizza very much. The Margherita pizza contains all the colors of the Italian flag and is the basis for all other types of pizza. Other famous types of pizza are:

Preparation method

  1. A pizza is made by rolling out bread dough thinly on a floured surface. Real pizza bakers often toss with the dough to make it so flat and wide without putting much pressure on it. The dough can be covered with a thin layer of tomato sauce, cheese and other ingredients. After the topping, the pizza goes into the oven.

Pizza oven

  1. A traditional pizza oven is a wood-fired oven that is often very hot. Due to the high temperature, the pizza only needs to be baked for a short time. In a wood oven with a temperature of 400 degrees Celsius, a pizza is ready in 90 seconds. When a pizza is baked in an oven at home, it is usually baked at lower temperatures because a kitchen oven usually cannot get that hot. This also considerably extends the baking time of the pizza. In a kitchen oven, the baking time of a pizza is therefore about 15 to 20 minutes. Some pizzas are topped with raw ingredients after baking, such as arugula.

Bacteria and parasites during pregnancy

  1. Bacteria and parasites that are especially dangerous during pregnancy are Listeria monocytogenes and Toxoplasma gondii. Listeria often occurs in products that can be kept in the refrigerator for a longer period of time. Especially the cooled products that have never been heated pose a great risk, such as cold smoked fish, soft raw milk cheeses and raw unprocessed meat products. Toxoplasma gondii is mainly found in contaminated soil and meat, making unwashed fruit and vegetables and raw meat risk products. Infection with Listeria or Toxoplasma during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or birth defects in the baby.

Bacteria in pizza

  1. Because a pizza goes in a hot oven, all harmful bacteria and parasites are dead after cooking. If a pizza is baked too short or if raw ingredients are added after preparation, dangers can arise. In practice, a pizza baked too short will not taste good, so the greatest danger for bacteria in a pizza is the raw toppings. Pizza topped with not properly washed arugula or smoked salmon can contain harmful bacteria or parasites. Finally, care must be taken that the same knife is not used for cutting the raw ingredients and the baked pizza. When this happens, cross-contamination can occur, where the bacteria on the blade from the raw ingredients on the pizza can get.

Pizza during pregnancy

  1. Eating pizza during pregnancy doesn't hurt in most cases. After all, the pizza is baked in a hot oven so that all harmful bacteria and parasites are dead. This also applies if the pizza contains a topping of soft cheeses or raw meat or fish. However, care must be taken with ingredients that are only added after baking. Some toppings that are sometimes added raw after baking to pizzas and that are harmful to health are:

  2. Eating a pizza during pregnancy doesn't hurt in most cases. After all, the pizza is baked in a hot oven so that all harmful bacteria and parasites are dead. This also applies if the pizza has a toppin



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