I had no clue that I'm "not allowed" ice cream - I just went to McDonalds with my friend and after lunch I went back to order a mcflurry on returning with the mcflurry my friend gave me a row advising it will hurt my baby if I carry on eating it.. I had never heard of something that in my mind was so bizarre! So I ate it... Now home and it's playing on my mind....
Anyone able to lay down some facts?
Please note I never normally eat ice cream, So didn't think such a little amount would do anything?
McDonald's is fine, but the confusion is because soft ice cream (from an ice cream van) 99 flake type thing, is not safe. Increased risk of bugs because they don't clean the pipes regularly etc. ice cream per se is fine, and McDonalds are very strict re cleaning I understand.
I think its mcflurrys in particular (and mr whippy type ones), there's a minute risk that because of the way the dispenser or something works there might be germs. But honestly, you'll be fine. If you're not already spewing up, it's not affected you!
Had a little chuckle at your mcdonalds-eating-friend lecturing you on nutrition though
As other posters have siad - it is purely to do with bacteria unclean ice cream vans. You basically have issues with un pasteurised dairy too - hence the confusion in advice about ice cream. I eat my whippy all the time in germany, because they clean the machines here once a day (I see them do it), and they are from permanent stalls (i.e. not vans). You would feel very ill indeed if you had contracted something dodgy from an ice cream van (think noro virus) - so would definitely know!!! MacDonalds has incredibly hygiene standards - partic these days. So eat away. Your friend is talking nonsense.
Here from the NHS site itself:-
Soft ice creams should be fine to eat when you're pregnant, as they are processed products made with pasteurised milk. However, if you have any concerns about eating these products, you might wish to avoid them while you're pregnant.
McDonalds are scrupulous in cleaning the equipment every day, I have worked there in the past (and done it!!) I know advice is to not have soft serve (ie mr whippy style) icecream due to listeria risks (nothing to do with eggs!) but I really wouldn't hesitate to have a mcFlurry. (if I liked them that is!!)
yes FoofFighter is spot on - it is the bacteria that breeds and the risk is listeria - which of course would be a problem when pregnant, since you more susceptible to such things in pregnancy, I believe. But as she says - McDonalds is one of the safest places to eat from vis a vis cleanliness.
It's not just the bacteria that's the risk it's the freezing process, it's a lot different for soft ice cream rather than firm ice cream, one every now and again should be fine but I try to avoid to be on the safe side
Some soft ice cream or really posh restaurant ice cream can be made with raw egg, but mcDs is fine. There have been a few discussions about mcflurries in the September due date thread and the consensus has been that they are fine someone even spoke to staff to check and the machines are cleaned every night.
I actually didn't know this and have finished off the odd ice cream factory for my dd when out for a treat at pizza hut lol. I'm 36 weeks and I'm fine. I really wouldn't worry, I ate raw egg last week byaccident and didn't get sick. Panicked for a few minutes and then put my rational head back on. If your not sick your fine x