During pregnancy feelings of food-cravings is very normal. Spicy dishes are very common which rises appetising. Then, it’s time for you to explore whether is it safe to eat Chinese food during pregnancy. A lot of myths surround Chinese cuisine especially in the context of pregnancy. An interesting one among them is that if a pregnant mum eats a lot of Chinese food, the subsequent baby born is likely to turn naughty.
You believe the myth or not, there is more to know about having Chinese foods during pregnancy.
Reasons To Avoid Chinese Food During Pregnancy:
The high sugar content of sauces used in Chinese preparations makes it negative for pregnant women. The liberal usage of vinegar, especially in dishes like Sushi, also puts the cuisine under the scanner. Mostly, these kinds of vinegar, which even go into the making of many of the Chinese rice are both salty and sweet ended. Dietitians strongly discourage pregnant women from taking sodium and fats in their diet.
If Chinese women are eating Chinese during pregnancy and they still give birth to healthy babies, then why can’t we? One major culprit that brings all this bad name for the Chinese foods is MSG or monosodium glutamate. It is a typical ingredient that is widely used for Indian Chinese preparations. Ajinomoto is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a nonessential amino acid that is used to enhance flavours.
Categorized as an excitotoxin, MSG is potential enough to harm a growing brain and nervous system. Reports have indicated that MSG and aspartame, another excitotoxin increasingly found in Chinese foods, readily crosses the placental barrier and overstimulates the growing brain of the fetus. The excitatory neurotransmitter in MSG can even cause autism, schizophrenia and cerebral palsy in the later years of life. The medical circles fear that an early exposure to MSG by these infants can cause a tendency to criminal behaviour and episodic violence in the future.