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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 it include gorgonzola?
What is gorgonzola?
Gorgonzola is a blue cheese from Italy and is characterized by a special noble mould. Gorgonzola traditionally comes from the Lombardy region in northern Italy. It is made from pasteurized milk, some salt and a culture of noble mushrooms.
Consumption of Gorgonzola during pregnancy
Unfortunately no! You should avoid raw gorgonzola during pregnancy!
Although Gorgonzola is not made from raw milk, Gorgonzola should still be avoided during pregnancy. The reason is that the cheese is streaked with blue-green veins of mold. Added to this is the low acidity and moisture of the cheese, which create an ideal breeding ground for listeriosis bacteria. This can be very dangerous for you and your baby, as it can result in a miscarriage or premature birth if infection occurs. This applies to all soft cheeses, both white and blue. In addition to Gorgonzola, this also includes Camembert, Brie and Roquefort.
My tip on how you don't have to do without gorgonzola completely
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However, you don't have to do without Gorgonzola completely, because as with other types of cheese, you can kill any germs contained in Gorgonzola with the heat by cooking it longer. Here it is important that the cheese has not only melted, but has also become thoroughly hot. How about a Gorgonzola sauce for pasta or a Gorgonzola risotto, for example?
Recipe tips with Gorgonzola during pregnancy
To cook a delicious Gorgonzola sauce, you need 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 ricotta, cottage cheese or mozzarella, as well as semi-hard cheeses such as feta 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.
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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