Wednesday, August 18, 2010

You always want what you can't have, right?

When I lived in Costa Rica I had a list of things that I was going to eat when I got back to the states. Top of the list? Bagel and cream cheese.



I stared longingly at a woman eating sushi the other day. She probably thought I was some weird stalker-ish type person. Instead, I just wanted her food. 

The list of no-go foods for pregnant gals seems like it stretches on forever:

latimes.com

Add diet soda to the list of things to avoid while pregnant

1:56 PM PDT, August 18, 2010
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There are so many things you're not supposed to eat or drink when you're pregnant -- sushi, Caesar salad, blue cheese, lox, coffee and, of course, alcohol. Now researchers have added a new item to that list -- diet soda.

It seems that regular consumption of carbonated beverages made with artificial sweeteners significantly increases the risk of preterm delivery (defined as giving birth after fewer than 37 weeks of pregnancy). Women who drank at least one diet soda per day were 38% more likely to have their baby early compared to women who abstained. For women who drank at least four diet sodas each day, the increased risk was 78%, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

These risks were calculated based on data from 59,334 pregnancies that were tracked in Denmark between 1996 and 2002. Women in the study were asked to complete a food frequency questionnaire about halfway through their pregnancies. The timing of their births was recorded in the Danish Civil Registration System.

About one out of every eight babies is born preterm, according to the March of Dimes. "Babies who are born preterm are at higher risk of needing hospitalization, having long-term health problems and of dying than babies born at the right time," according to the group's website.

The researchers found no link between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and risk of preterm delivery, suggesting that some component of artificial sweeteners is to blame. Noncarbonated diet drinks also weren't associated with an increased risk of preterm delivery, probably because those drinks contained much lower levels of artificial sweeteners (only about one-half to one-third as much aspartame andacesulfame-K as in carbonated diet drinks, according to the study).

For the sake of comparison, using the same dataset the researchers calculated that women who smoked every day were 21% more likely than nonsmokers to deliver their babies early.

3 comments:

  1. I don't, but you can have a limited amount of coffee or carbonated beverages. Your dr. can tell you the amount per day if you're a dedicated coffee drinker. :) Also people will tell you no soft cheese...that isn't completely true either. You can have soft cheese as long as it's pasteurized. I think I said this one before, but lunch meat is fine as long as you heat it up. Certain fish are no-nos but having fish in your diet is a good thing. My dr. just said no more than twice a week. Really, you can eat almost anything.

    I've had Sprite (b/c it's not caffeinated), soft cheese (yummy Brie), fried oysters, various fish, lunch meat, and Gabriel turned out just fine. ; ) And not born premature or anything. It's all about moderation. But, then...isn't it always? (Or at least it should be.)

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  2. I ate feta, salmon, occasionally tuna. If you were in France they would tell you to drink a glass of red wine every week. Oh, and I drank peppermint tea too. Just be smart Sonja. Think about the fact that before the 1980's people were taking drugs, drinking and smoking while pregnant. Most everyone turned out just fine. ;-)

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  3. Excellent advice. I need to eat more fish, we've got lots of salmon in the freezer that I could pick away at.

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