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Can I eat blue cheese when pregnant?

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<p>Cheese is rich in calcium and protein and is recommended during pregnancy. However, there are some types of cheese that you should rather avoid. Does this include the blue cheese group?</p>
<h2>What is blue cheese and how is it made?</h2>
<p>The group of blue cheeses is large: These include the Italian Gorgonzola, the French Roquefort and the Danish Danablu. Depending on the variety, they are made from cow's, goat's or sheep's milk. However, they have one thing in common: They are all inoculated with mold cultures, so that they all have the special characteristic of the blue-greenish veins. Depending on the type, they differ in taste and consistency. This ranges from soft cheese to semi-hard cheese.</p>
<h2>Consumption of blue cheese during pregnancy</h2>
<p>Unfortunately no! You should avoid raw blue cheese during pregnancy!</p>
<p>Blue cheese should be avoided if you are pregnant, as it is generally wetter and less acidic than other cheeses, allowing for the growth of bacteria that could give you an infection. This can be very dangerous for you and your baby, as it can lead to a miscarriage or premature birth. In addition to blue cheese, white cheese such as Camembert is also not recommended.</p>
<h2>My tip on how you don't have to do without blue cheese completely</h2>
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However, you do not have to do without blue cheese during pregnancy completely, because as with other types of cheese, you can kill any germs in the cheese with the heat if you cook it for a long time. Here it is important that the cheese has not only melted, but has also become thoroughly hot. For example, you can process the popular Italian gorgonzola into a delicious gorgonzola sauce or a gorgonzola risotto!

To cook a delicious gorgonzola sauce, you only need a few ingredients for the basic recipe:

Simple Gorgonzola sauce

Ingredients (for two people):
• 150 ml cream
• 100 ml milk
• 90 g gorgonzola
• salt and pepper

Boil the cream with the milk and then add the gorgonzola, which you previously cut into large pieces. While you should stir from time to time, let the sauce simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes. Then season with salt and pepper to taste.
You can refine the sauce with butter, garlic and nutmeg.

Gorgonzola risotto with pears and walnuts

Gorgonzola goes so well with bread with pears and walnuts, there must be a recipe for it so that you can enjoy this combo when you are pregnant, right?

Ingredients (for two people) :
• 1 onion
• 2 tbsp butter
• 150 g risotto rice
• 500 ml vegetable stock
• 1 ripe pear
• 100 g gorgonzola
• 50 g walnut kernels
• salt and pepper

1. First, the onion is finely diced and sautéed in butter. Then add the risotto rice and stir until it has absorbed a little of the fat. Then add the vegetable broth and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Always stir well so that the rice does not stick to the bottom and burn.

2. Peel and core the pear and cut into small cubes. You do the same with the gorgonzola. Chop the walnut kernels into small pieces. When the risotto rice is done, add the pear, walnuts and gorgonzola and season with salt and pepper.

Cheese recommended during pregnancy

Since cheese is an important source of calcium and protein during pregnancy, you can safely enjoy some types of cheese during pregnancy. These include industrially produced cream cheeses such as cottage cheese, ricotta or mozzarella, as well as semi-hard cheeses such as feta cheese or Gouda. You can also eat hard cheeses such as Parmesan, but it is better to cut off the rind as it can contain bacteria. However, if you have cut off the bark, you are on the safe side, since the long maturation process means that no pathogens can be contained.

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My infographic for you: Consumption of cheese during pregnancy

My infographic gives you an overview of the consumption of cheese during pregnancy:

• Which types of cheese are allowed and which ones should you avoid?
• What nutrients and vitamins does cheese have?
• What is the best way to deal with cheese during pregnancy?

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