Can pregnant women eat blue cheese?


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According to Mayo Clinic, pregnant women should avoid eating blue cheese. Blue cheese contains unpasteurized milk, which can cause foodborne illnesses. Other types of cheese containing unpasteurized milk include soft cheeses such as brie and feta.

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Dairy products containing unpasteurized milk could contain listeria, a bacteria that leads to listeriosis. Listeriosis is dangerous for pregnant women and can cause premature delivery, miscarriage and the death of newborns. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, fetuses exposed to listeriosis may exhibit severe health problems including seizures, paralysis, blindness, mental retardation, paralysis, blindness, or problems of the brain, heart or kidneys.

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