The subway is one of the best fast food restaurants in the United States to stop by when you feel like munching some exotic foods. Pregnant women often ask questions like, “is it safe to eat at subway?” “Are subway sandwiches safe during pregnancy?”
Foods like deli meat, sandwiches laced with cold meats such as roasted beef, ham or turkey should be avoided because you could get exposed to listeria often found on cold meat. Although listeria bacteria can be killed by heating or cooking in high temperature, most subway restaurants won’t bother doing that for you.
What and where you eat as a pregnant woman is extremely important as you can be exposed to so many risks if you make a mistake of eating what you are not supposed to eat, for example eating contaminated food.
Food poisoning risk of eating at subways during pregnancy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women are more likely to get infected with listeriosis and other diseases during pregnancy because of their weakened immune system.
Symptoms of food poisoning during pregnancy are mainly vomiting, diarrhea and painful cramps. They are caused by eating foods not prepared in the right environment.
One of the bacteria that cause food poisoning is Campylobacter. Others are salmonella, E. coli, listeria and cryptosporidium. Viruses such as norovirus and rotavirus can also cause food poisoning if the food gets transferred from one place to the other with unwashed hands which are often the case in most restaurant kitchens.
How to know if a fast food restaurant is safe for pregnant women
To be sure of the hygiene of some of the restaurants you want to eat in, you will have to be observant even before you sit down to have that delicious chicken sandwich. Are the tables and chairs clean? If they are not properly cleaned and dusted, then it would be wise for you to walk away as soon as possible. You can ignore the waiter trying to apologize or getting a napkin to dust it. They should have done it before you walked into the restaurant.
Properly examine the waitress personal hygiene. Is he sweating too much and using his hands rather than a towel to clean the sweat? Are his fingernails properly trimmed or do they look like claws? Are the aprons or uniforms looking dirty? These are subtle signs to tell you about the overall condition of a restaurant.
If you could get a staff of a subway to properly heat the food for you, which I doubt will be up to quality, you can indulge.
If you are planning to order a salad, then it’s of no use if you are going to reheat with high temperature as it could compromise the nutrient content.