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Is it safe to eat kebab during pregnancy?

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

Meat on skewers is one of the ways to enjoy your meat. Those small pieces of meat or seafood placed one after the other on a stick with vegetables marinated with soy sauce or other sauce before grilling them are quite a delight to the mouth, but is it safe to eat kebab during pregnancy? Are pregnant women permitted to partake in this delight?

Kebabs might not be safe during pregnancy as they contain unhealthy fat. The fat comes from the different types of meat which could either be chicken, beef or lamb. There is also the risk of pregnant women eating contaminated meat since they do not know the preparation process or the hygiene of the environment where it was before being sold. Quality kebabs are now made from lamb shoulder steak, the lambs are gotten from New Zealand and contain less fat. If pregnant women could determine where the kebab meat comes from, then it will be better.

Nutritional facts of kebab.

There are different types of kebab which are doner kebab, shish kebab, pufta kebab, mutton kebab, etc. the doner meat contains fat than any other kebab meat. In 2006, a council survey was carried out by a local council body- LACORS (Local Authority Coordinators of Regulatory Services). They tested about 490 kebabs in the UK to know their nutritional value1.

They found out that an average kebab contains 1,010 calories, 0.15 Pounds (70 g) fat and 0.04 Pounds (16.5 g) sodium. Although the calories vary from country to country, the least calories you can find is 843.

According to NHS2, the shish kebab is a healthier option because they are cut into small pieces and usually grilled.

Benefits of eating kebabs during pregnancy.

Kebabs are from either chicken, lamb or beef and though they are high in fat, they also have health benefits attached to them. Let’s check them out;

  • Chicken kebab is rich in nutrients that can help the body function properly. They contain lean proteins which help in the building of tissues and overall development of the body.

  • They also contain calcium and phosphorus required for the bone health of a pregnant woman and her fetus.

  • It also helps in increasing metabolism which keeps up your energy level and helps burn calories faster.

Listeria risk in eating kebabs.

Kebabs are made with vegetables which can be vulnerable to bacterial infection, therefore, increases the risk of getting listeriosis while eating kebab during pregnancy. It is necessary to wash your raw vegetables thoroughly before slicing them. Also, wash the utensils and keep the environment clean to prevent cross-contamination germs and bacteria.

Avoid eating takeout kebabs as you have no idea the meat used in preparing it and how long they’ve been sitting there. Worse still, restaurants will not have the time and patience to wash the vegetables like you will do at home thoroughly.

Most kebabs shops are unsafe to buy from as they might keep refrying the same kebab for weeks in nobody buys them off, and this is very unhealthy as it increases the risk of bacterial infection.

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