One of the most frequently asked questions from mothers to be is whether or not they can eat queso dip. It’s one of the tastiest appetizers you can get at Mexican restaurants, or even places like Chili’s. But is this something that you can indulge in while you’re pregnant? There are few ingredients that make this a harder question to answer than it first appears.
The first thing you want to consider is the spice level. Some of them are rather spicy, because they include things like jalapenos, habanero peppers, chili peppers, and other spices. If there is any way for you to order the queso mild, that’s recommended.
Another thing you should consider is the cheese. Queso is Spanish for cheese, and that’s the number one ingredient. Basically, it’s just a bowl of melted cheese and spices. You should by now understand how your body responds to cheese. Many people find that it can cause constipation when eaten in large amounts. Also not the healthiest food for you, because it includes lots of cholesterol and fat.
Can I Eat Queso Dip While Pregnant? If It’s Mild, and in Moderation.
If you are dining out in a restaurant, they probably don’t make their queso dip from scratch, so they will not be able to alter it in order to make it less spicy than it normally is. This is especially true if you’re going with a chain restaurant like Chili’s, Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s, or On the Border. If you are at a real Mexican restaurant and they make their queso from scratch, or they assemble it as it’s ordered, you should be able to request that it not be spicy. On the Border actually has a live queso that you can order, and they’ll created right in front of you. This provides the perfect opportunity to tell them not to include a lot of spicy ingredients.
Chips and Dipping
Another thing to consider is that you usually eat queso dip with chips of some sort. They might be corn chips, tortilla chips, pieces of toasted bread, or some other special means of getting the case into your mouth. These will usually entail additional calories, fats, oils, and salt, and leave you prone to overheating, or a binge session. It’s hard to take it easy around a bowl of delicious queso dip, and crunchy, warm, salty, tortilla chips.
How About Queso Blanco?
Queso blanco simply means “white cheese” it is not similar to queso dip. It is usually a mild cheese, and softer than regular cheese, making it easier to digest. Integrating a Mexican dish and it is calling for queso blanco, you should be okay with it, just as long as you don’t overdo it and eat too much of it.
Checking with Your Doctor
You should double check with your doctor whenever you have a question regarding adding a new food to your diet while you’re pregnant. Only they will know whether or not you should have it because they’ll be able to ask you additional questions, and they’ll also have your medical history available. There may be something in it that would let the doctor know that it’s not a good idea for you to have any queso at all during your pregnancy.
Healthy Versus Unhealthy
There are basically two types of foods out there, the health foods that everyone knows about, and the unhealthy ones that we all like to eat. Queso dip and the accompanying ships definitely fall into the unhealthy category, but they just taste so darn good. If you’re being quite serious, you shouldn’t have queso dip while you’re pregnant because it is not providing any benefit to your baby. Sure, it might taste good to your taste buds, but since it’s not providing essential nutrients or vitamins or minerals to your baby, why have it?
It can be hard to go entire nine months without giving in to some of your cravings. If you do decide to indulge, just keep it to a minimum and try not to stuff yourself. We know it can be hard, so sometimes it’s best just to avoid the situation altogether.