Can I Eat Sausage While Pregnant

Types Of Sausages: What Is Safe And What Is Not

Ground red meat or poultry is used to make sausages, and the animal’s intestine serves as the casing. They could be pan-fried, broiled or barbecued.

The processed meat product is available in uncooked and ready-to-eat forms. Fresh and smoked sausages are uncooked while dry, semi-dry, and cooked are ready-to-eat. Know if you can or cannot eat each variety, here (3) (4):

Fresh sausages are made from small, finely chopped pieces of meat that have typically been cured and spiced. Fresh beef and pork sausages, breakfast sausages, whole hog sausages, and Italian sausage products are among the varieties.

If you cook fresh sausage thoroughly and store it in the refrigerator, it is safe to consume during pregnancy. Sausages that are not cooked may contain listeria, making them unsafe to consume (4).

Ground or chopped meat is used to make cooked or smoked sausages. They are seasoned, cooked and/or smoked. Liverwurst, hot dogs, salami, cooked bratwurst, braunschweiger, cooked Thuringer, and bologna are all included in this category.

Avoid eating seasoned sausages while expecting unless they are piping hot and fully cooked.

Dry and semi-dry sausages are fermented, then dried after being cured with salt and sodium nitrite, cultured, mixed with ground or chopped meat, and placed in casings. Semi-dry sausages are partially dried. Pepperoni, Lebanon bologna, and summer sausage come under this variety.

Pregnancy safety: In dry sausages, the fermentation process and lack of moisture typically kill the pathogenic bacteria. However, it is wise to stay away from dry sausages while pregnant as some types of bacteria, like E Coli, can survive the dry fermentation process. (4) Point to think about To avoid contact with raw meat’s germs, properly wash your hands before handling any equipment or knives. These germs can cause foodborne illnesses, such as food poisoning.

Types of Sausage and Their Pregnancy Safety

To allay your concerns, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular sausage varieties along with information on whether they’re safe to consume during pregnancy. Pregnant women frequently inquire about specific information regarding their favorite types of sausage.

  • Battered sausages – common in the UK, this is a sausage deep-fried in batter. The only thing to check is that it’s been cooked all the way through, with no pink in the middle. Cut it in half and check beforehand, and try to keep such fatty, fried foods to a moderate level in pregnancy.
  • Turkey and Chicken sausages are no different to beef, ham or pork sausages when it comes to safety during pregnancy. The same goes for vegetarian (e.g. tofu) sausages too. Because of the way they are made, from ground ingredients, no matter what’s in the sausage, it needs to be fully cooked or steaming hot before you eat it.
  • Liver sausage (also called liverwurst) may need to be avoided in pregnancy, due to its high levels of vitamin A. In the UK, women are advised to avoid liver products altogether, whereas in the USA and Australia, they aren’t. You can read more about an excess of Vitamin A in pregnancy here.
  • Breakfast Sausage (sometimes called links) or sausage patties are safe if fully cooked and served hot. They often come frozen before they’re prepared, so check they’re done all the way through.
  • Hot, spicy sausages are fine if these guidelines on sausages, in general, are followed – the fact a sausage is spicy has no bearing on pregnancy-safety, though you might want to see how spicy food affects you in pregnancy.
  • Pickled sausages should not be eaten cold, and should be heated instead to be safest. A 2016 study found that pickling does inhibit bacterial growth, but it cannot be ruled out entirely (source: PubMed).
  • Vienna Sausages or canned/tinned sausages, including those in jars like bratwurst and frankfurters, should be treated like hot dogs, in that they should be heated up until steaming hot before eating them. For more on hot dogs and that type of sausage, there’s a guide here.
  • Sausages named after their origin, like Polish sausage (kielbasa), Italian sausage , Andouille sausage and so on, should be treated like all other sausages and the ‘heat until hot’ rule applies. Some dry sausages like Polish kabanos are essentially the same as salami, and should be classed as deli meats.
  • Smoked sausages can be cold or hot smoked, and should be heated up before serving to make them safe. Some need to be cooked through rather than merely heated up as they’re still smoked but raw – check the packaging first.
  • Chorizo sausage, Pepperoni Sausage and Salami sausage are all deli meats and should be heated up to make them safe for pregnant women to eat. If you eat these types of sausage, check out this guide to eating deli meat in pregnancy.
  • Nduja is a spicy, soft spreadable salami. Due to its soft texture, it’s almost like a pate and is only safe if heated up – for example, when it’s added to a pasta sauce, which is a common way of eating it. Eating cold, spread nduja is best avoided in pregnancy.
  • Blood Sausage (also called Black Pudding) is safe in pregnancy if heated up until hot like other sausages. It’s a very good source of iron, too, depending on the manufacturer (source: BBC).
  • Is Sausage Safe To Eat During Pregnancy?

    If the sausage is fully cooked and eaten hot, it is safe to consume during pregnancy. Ground beef, pork, lamb, or veal sausages should be cooked to 160 °F, while ground turkey and chicken sausages should be cooked to 165 °F. (1).

    You need to cook the meat until there is no more pink left inside and the juices dry up (2). With all these precautions, however, do make sure to check with your doctor before you plan to include sausages in your diet.

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