Originally Posted by NicaG
Has anyone actually seen statistics or risk analysis of some of these things? For example, how many pregnant women actually contract listeria from deli meat each year? Or from soft cheese? How many cases of listeria contamination (of any food) are reported each year? Is there actually any data to back up the sushi ban? In Japan, women are encouraged to eat sushi while pregnant.
I followed all the dietary rules with my first pregnancy... but this time around I feel like a lot of the rules go a little too far.
The trick with sushi is to get it from a very well-trained sushi chef. I'd avoid what's at the grocery store, you don't even know for sure how well it's refrigerated (tho I eat the crab and shrimp and veggie rolls at whole foods, just not raw ones). A good sushi chef can see if meat is damaged, by parasite or spoiling, and would never serve it. I"m not sure hte ones in grocery stores are often as responsible. Even at the not-so-good sushi restaurants.
I only eat the raw stuff from the two best sushi spots around me, because Iknow their reputations and I know those chefs are very very serious about their jobs. I've had raw sushi probably five times this pregnancy. It's sort of like wine, in moderation and make good choices about it! OH and NO TUNA! Sushi tunas are usually the worst as far as mercury. Canned tuna won't be nearly so bad, the fish are the smaller ones who have less time to aquire as muc hin their fats.