Can a pregnant woman eat sushi?

Seawater contains a huge amount of minerals, so sea animals living in it, absorb all the useful elements of the seas and oceans and bring them to our table, or rather in our body. Seafood is a real treasure trove of fluorine, zinc, copper, iron, phosphorus, selenium, iodine. The latter is especially necessary for mother-to-be and for the baby, because during pregnancy the need for iodine increases manifold. In addition, all seafood contains protein (the basic building material of all our cells), which they have more than meat, and it is much easier to digest. It is possible to eat seafood without worrying about the figure: 100 gr contains from 60 to 120 kcal. In addition, seafood has a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3. They improve brain functioning, strengthen the walls of blood vessels and reduce the level of harmful cholesterol in the blood. In general, seafood is not only tasty, but also very healthy.

Great suit the gifts of the sea and expectant mothers.
True, buying and cooking them, we must take into account some points.
Raw mussels, oysters and other shellfish can contain viruses and dangerous bacteria can multiply. To avoid food poisoning, it is better not to eat raw seafood.
Some seafood can contain parasites - worms. Therefore, lovers of sushi will have to be patient a little bit and postpone this dish until the end of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

When choosing and cooking seafood at home, follow the following rules:
If you buy live clams, their shells should be closed. When you open the shells, you should be able to see the muscles contracting. Fresh seafood should smell only of the sea and a little bit of fish.
If you do not live near the sea, it is better to buy frozen seafood. First, seafood is only fresh on the day it is caught. Second, without proper processing can remain small parasites that live in seafood. Blast freezing at temperatures below -40 ° C kills the larvae, while retaining the useful properties of the product.
If you bought frozen seafood, you should smell it after defrosting. If there is an unpleasant smell (not of the sea), it is better not to eat them.
Shrimp and mussels are better to defrost gradually, it is possible in the refrigerator. And squids should be poured cold water.
Cook clams, mussels and oysters until the shells open. Clams that have not opened after cooking should be thrown away.
Cook frozen seafood according to the instructions on the package. For example, already cooked shrimp (they are red) can be heated, but the raw shrimp (their meat is gray) must be boiled.
After boiling, shrimp and lobster turn red, and their flesh becomes pearly and opaque. Scallops turn milky-white or matte and become hard.


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