Açai while pregnant?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 7:01 PM Last Post By: FabioRodrigues
Nov 5, 2012 6:17 AM
Açai while pregnant?After long travels,I’m finally going back to brasil, the country where we started our trip around the World… I’m really looking forward to go there, especially because I am pregnant now and we want to stay there and relax.
One thing i really love in Brazil, is all the delicious fruits, especially Açai!
I absolutely adore “Açai na tigela” and I am craving already for all the fresh smoothies with açai and all the other fruitjuices but now, I have heard that it is better not to eat “açai na tigela” when you’re pregnant.
Is this true?
Do i need to be carefull? What about the other smoothies and juices that you just buy on the streets?
Thanks a lot for your advice!!
(Hopefully a doctor reads this! :-)
Nov 5, 2012 6:52 AM
Nov 5, 2012 9:57 AM
Nov 6, 2012 7:05 AM
3Most fruits are usually recommedable while pregnant. In that specific case you should ask brazilians, preferable a brazilian doctor who knows something about that. On a general rule I would avoid to eat a really high amount of a specific fruit or vegetable, specifically while being pregnant, as long as you don´t know more about the properties of it, but a reasoable amount shouldn´t be a problem
Nov 6, 2012 10:16 AM
Açaí is a healthy food. The problem is that it has to be kept in a clean and tidy place. In the poor areas in the north of Brazil they don't take enough care and crush it with an insect called “barbeiro”. This insect has a “guest”- Trypanosoma cruzi. This protozoan causes “Doença de Chagas” (barber bug fever). The baby can be contaminated during the pregnacy if the mother eats the dirty açaí. Don't be paranoid but be sure about the place the açaí has come. Avoid the street markets.
Take care, good luck, congratulations
Nov 6, 2012 10:29 AM
Nov 7, 2012 5:15 AM
Thanks all of you for your replies!
It was indeed something about the bug that I’ve heard, but the info I got then was rather vague. I’m glad to hear the whole story now. Thank you!
The problem is that it’s quite impossible to figure out where the açai, that you’re eating in a bar in Sao Paul or wherever, comes from so I won’t take the risk and will not eat it I think.
(Perhaps I’ll try it just once )
Do you think the other frozen concentrated fruitmixes where they make juices from, are safe? E.g. acerola, manga (out of season) etc.?
Or should I just stick to the juices that they make from fresh fruit?
And what about icecream…
a hungry pregnant woman with a lot of cravings ;-)
Nov 7, 2012 4:49 PM
7Hi hungry pregnant woman with a lot of cravings
My American friend, who is vegan, has been buying açaí every day in Porto do Sabor (www.portodosabor.com.br) for the last ten years. He says that is the best he has found so far. Brazilians believe that pregnant women has to do all they want or the baby will be born with the hair like a porcupine. The Brazilian husband has to wake up in middle of the night to buy popcorn, hot-dog, or some exotic food to his pregnant wife, or...you know what. Hummm...I think it would be better not to take the risk. Take a dip in to a big bowl of açaí!
“The best way to put an end to a temptation is to go into it” (Oscar Wilde)
Nov 9, 2012 12:04 AM
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