Can I eat bagged salad while pregnant?

C’mon! In one breath you tell me to eat better now that I’m pregnant but then you tell me not to eat pre-washed salad. I suppose I should just stick to the leafy greens growing in my organic hippy commune. Pfft.

Not unlike rare meat and raw eggs this one is because of salmonella and E. coli.

So the lettuce grows in the ground with all the dirt and manure and the manure might be contaminated. The lettuce is picked, washed and bagged and sold to you. If it’s not washed so well, you eat the contaminated lettuce and get sick. I couldn’t find out how this affects a fetus. The only way that I could see it threatening your unborn baby is if you’re up all night puking, you get dehydrated to a point of hospitalization, then you could miscarry. Wouldn’t the same thing happen if you bought a head of lettuce from the store, ran it under that tap for 2 seconds (or just check it for dirt then eat it like I do. Bad, bad, I know.) and got yourself some food poisoning too? I dunno, it all seems like a bit of a stretch for me but, then again, I hate washing lettuce and I really like salad. Use this excuse when you want to eat french fries instead.

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  • FYI: the risk associated with the bagged salads over buying and cutting your own head of lettuce is that the bagged salads are processed in huge manufacturing facilities where one contaminated head of lettuce can contaminate tens of thousands of bags of salad. Whereas if you buy your own head of lettuce, unless you have incredibly bad luck, that head of lettuce is probably fine. The risk is low in either case, but much, much lower in the individual head over the bag.

  • That's so odd that there might be a risk to bag salad and no one ever told me! In fact, when I was on WIC before it was suggested to me as one of the veggies I could get. Why would they tell a pregnant woman that if it was harmful? People go a little off the deep end with their pregnancies. I'm gonna go eat a raw steak, cold lunch meat, and some unwashed veggies just to spite them!

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