We had always thought that pregnant women could not taste the ham during pregnancy because of the possibility of contracting toxoplasmosis but a recent study concluded the opposite.
Toxoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by a parasite that can cause mild and mortals infections for the fetus. It is what we called congenital toxoplasmosis.
So pregnant women who have not gone through this disease, which presents no symptoms, should take extra hygiene and nutrition, avoiding eating raw or undercooked meal. This last thing affects the Iberian Ham.
However, a study carried out in Andalucía just concluded that pregnant women can eat ham because of her healing process has no risk of toxoplasmosis.
These are the first findings of a study by the Andalucian Technological Centre of the meal Industry (Teica), participated for the Innovation of the Government of Andalucia.
The social group included in this study is very large because it represents a vast dimension of society. According Teica manager, Juan Carlos Racero, «we must not think only on pregnant women, we need to think in her closest family too, since this situation occurs no one eats Ham«.
Center has signed a framework agreement on scientific and technical collaboration with the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO) in relation to the results obtained with the next study on toxoplasma in cured ham and its posible use by pregnant woman.
Racero describes as «very important» the signing of this agreement because «the responsible doctors of all spain will have a protocol, endorsed by cientific research to inform pregnant woman about the consume of Ham».