Can you Eat Over Easy Eggs or Eggs Benedict while Pregnant?

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  • Post last modified:September 13, 2021
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A pregnancy diet must be carefully monitored because it directly impacts on baby’s growth. Eating nutritious food is vital for the well-being of the mother as well as the child. Undoubtedly eggs are full of protein, amino acids, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, and zinc. They are usually a great food to include in a pregnant mom’s diet. However, the question for moms to be is, what types of eggs can you have.

Happy woman eating pasta and eggs

Is it safe to have over easy eggs while pregnant?

No.

I mean, of course, you can, if you wish to, but it might not be the safe option for you and your unborn baby. Because eating raw or runny eggs, as well as undercooked eggs, can carry disease-causing organisms like Salmonella bacteria. And that can cause food poisoning.

Since pregnancy temporarily weakens the immune system, and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illnesses. Such as-

Salmonella Poisoning

Eating raw or uncooked eggs can be a host to a disease controlled by salmonella bacteria. Salmonella bacteria can cause food poisoning, which will lead to-

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain and
  • Dehydration

In some cases, these traits can be severe enough to cause preterm labor or even miscarriage. This condition is known as salmonella poisoning.

Other Risks

Consumption over easy eggs while pregnant can cause problems with high cholesterol levels. In addition, eating eggs during pregnancy can also cause allergies such as skin rashes, nasal congestion, hives, and other problems.

When Can you Eat Over Easy Eggs?

Crop unrecognizable chef garnishing fried eggs with herbs
p.c. Klaus Nielsen

Salmonella bacteria are destroyed by pasteurization and cooking. As a result, it is important to consume only thoroughly cooked or pasteurized eggs during pregnancy. To assure that all bacteria have been excluded.

Therefore, you can eat eggs in the forms of:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Soft boiled
  • Firm poached eggs
  • Over medium eggs
  • Fried eggs
  • Scrambled eggs or
  • Omelet

Organic and cage-free eggs are typically available at most farmer’s markets or grocery stores, and they should be labeled as such.

When Can’t you Eat Over Easy Eggs?

Crop unrecognizable chef frying eggs on pan
p.c. Klaus Nielsen

To ensure the best nutrition during pregnancy, I personally recommend you avoid non-organic and unpasteurized eggs.

If the eggs are unpasteurized, it is best not to have:

  • Runny poached eggs or benedict
  • Sunny side up
  • Over easy boil eggs

Also, avoid foods made with raw or undercooked eggs as well as over easy eggs while pregnant (unless those eggs are pasteurized), including:

  • Fresh made dressings or homemade sauces like hollandaise sauce, mayonnaise, caesar salad dressing, aioli sauce, and béarnaise sauce.
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Tiramisu
  • Mousse
  • Raw cake batter or cookie dough
  • Meringue
  • Homemade beverages containing eggs, such as eggnog
  • All dishes with raw or undercooked eggs are served in restaurants because it is difficult to determine whether pasteurized eggs are used when dining out.
  • Deli foods containing eggs, such as deviled eggs and egg salad, should be avoided. Unless you are certain that it has been thoroughly cooked and sitting not more than two hours or an hour on a hot day.

NB: It’s safer to make these foods at home instead so that you know the eggs were fully cooked and handled correctly.

  • Mayonnaise and similar store-bought products must be made with pasteurized eggs to be safe to consume. Pasteurized liquid, frozen, and dried egg products include liquid egg whites and raw batter, frozen omelets, and powdered egg whites.

NB: To be on the safe side, avoid eating eggs based store items because you cannot verify the source of these eggs.

Different Country Rules/law

In the USA

According to the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eating over easy eggs while pregnant can be dangerous. Pregnant people should only consume properly cooked eggs during pregnancy.

The FDA has refused to lift the warning against consuming raw or undercooked eggs by pregnant women or anyone else. The Food and Drug Administration states that it is dependent on-

  • The eggs
  • Their origin
  • How they are processed
  • How they are transported and so on.

Because they cannot guarantee that this will eliminate bacteria in all eggs, they continue to advise pregnant women that they SHOULD NOT consume easy eggs to ensure health and food safety.

In the UK

According to the UK Department of Health and NHS, women should avoid uncooked dishes containing raw eggs and should not consume lightly cooked eggs during pregnancy.

According to the Food Standards Agency and NHS, it is safe to eat raw or over easy eggs during pregnancy only if they are produced by the British Lion Code of Practice (have a lion mark on them).

This scheme produces more than 90% of the eggs in the United Kingdom. You can also consume other foods containing raw British Lion eggs, such as mousse and mayonnaise. Since strict controls have been set in the Red Lion scheme. Such as:

  • Vaccinating hens and increasing salmonella testing and
  • Improved farm hygiene by keeping eggs cool while transporting them from farm to store.

What Moms Think About Eating Runny eggs?

If you search for this specific answer on the internet, you will find conflicting results. Because everyone is unique, so is their immune system. What affects them may not affect you, and vice versa. As a result, you will be far from deciding whether you should or should not eat runny eggs.

However, as a mother, I believe that the greatest risk from undercooked eggs is salmonella. However, salmonella infection is extremely rare, and contamination can occur from a variety of sources. The ramifications CAN BE SERIOUS (and pregnant women are harder to treat).

But I like this reassurance: for adults in good health, “The prevalence of contaminated eggs which is 1 in 14,000 and the frequency of consuming raw eggs which are 0.9 percent equated to a risk of one in every 1.6 million consumed eggs.

So, if a person ate 250 eggs per year and lived to be 80, the risk was said to be one in every 80 lifetimes “.

NB: The risk is higher in restaurants due to hygiene practices during cooking eggs.

Are Over Medium Eggs Safe During Pregnancy?

Yes. Fortunately, they are.

Eggs during pregnancy:

During pregnancy, eating eggs is a great way of getting nutrition when cooked and handled safely. Eggs contain essential nutrients for you and your unborn baby, such as

  • Protein, which is used to build your baby’s cells.
  • Choline, which promotes your baby’s brain development and aids in the prevention of neural tube defects.
  • Biotin and Vitamin B7 are examples of B vitamins. These provide energy boosts during pregnancy and are required for healthy baby’s growth.
  • Vitamin A is required to develop many organs in your baby, including the heart, lungs, eyes, and bones.
  • Vitamin D is beneficial to your immune system, bone development in your baby, and the prevention of pregnancy and birth complications such as preeclampsia.

What type of eggs can you eat?

When buying eggs, to ensure food safety, be mindful that eggs are stored in a clean environment and are not prone to contamination. Most countries will stamp the eggs with a certification mark indicating that they are safe to eat and free of bacteria—for example, British Lion eggs.

Have you ever bought pasteurized eggs before? Pasteurized in-shell eggs look like regular eggs in a carton but are labeled as such. Non-pasteurized eggs, on the other hand, are usually labeled with “safe handling instructions” on the carton.

According to these instructions, keep eggs refrigerated, cook them until both the yolk and white are firm, and thoroughly cook egg-containing foods.

NB: Remember to keep them properly stored to ensure food safety. And consume them before the best before date.

How do you cook eggs when pregnant?

There are so many ways to cook and eat eggs that you’ll probably never get tired of them! However, if you need some ideas, here are a few ways to prepare eggs during pregnancy:

  • Cook scrambled eggs by sautéing them until they are completely firm (no moisture or sliminess).
  • Make soft boiled eggs by boiling 3-4 minutes and hard boiled eggs in 4-5 minutes.
  • Cook fried eggs by frying them for 2–3 minutes on each side, or 4 minutes in a covered pan. Check that there are no runny yolk and white.
  • Cook any egg-based dish, such as a Quiché or Soufflé, to 160 °F, and reheat any previously cooked dish to that temperature just before serving.

NB: Use safe food handling and storage techniques, and eat leftovers as soon as possible. If you don’t have a thermometer, check to see if the food is steaming.

Conclusion

As a readily available protein source, the egg is an excellent addition to a pregnancy diet. Include them in your meals while keeping the aforementioned points in mind, and make the most of their nutritional value.

Also read:

References:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y4392e/y4392e0e.htm

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/foods-to-avoid/

https://www.fda.gov/food/people-risk-foodborne-illness/dairy-and-eggs-food-safety-moms-be

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