Cheese should basically be its own food group.
There are so many different cheese flavors and textures to enjoy, and truly, no two cheeses are alike. If you think about it, most of America has become a cheese society, meaning that anything and everything we can cover in cheese, we do.
But as it turns out, not all cheeses are created equal. It’s no surprise that pregnant women are given a whole list of foods to steer clear of, and these warnings aren’t to be taken lightly. One thing that expectant mothers are told not to eat is soft, spreadable cheese, such as Brie or Camembert. These foods were initially thought to only have negative effects on pregnancy during the final months, but now, a new study says that soft cheese could be harmful from the start.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that eating soft cheese can be a severe risk factor early on in pregnancies.
The bacteria listeria, which has been linked to miscarriage, has been found living within soft cheese.
Listeria, a common factor in food poisoning, may attack a woman’s placenta as well as the lining of her uterus, causing the body to reject the fertilization of her eggs.
Those affected by listeria may feel like they have the flu. They may experience a fever, aches and pains, chills, nausea, and diarrhea.
As part of the study, four pregnant monkeys were fed a listeria-heavy diet and were monitored.
At first, they only suffered minor symptoms, but eventually, all four subjects lost their babies. Tissue samples revealed that listeria had overtaken the placentas.
Other foods that might contain listeria include pâté, butter, cooked sliced meats, and pre-packaged sandwiches.
(via Daily Mail)