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Jul 3, 2011 04:55 AM

Pregnant in Barcelona

I'll be in Barcelona for a week and would love some suggestions for where and what to eat. According to my doctor, I'm supposed to stay away from unprocessed cheese, cured meats (no jambon!) and raw fish/seafood. I plan on eating a lot of cooked tapas and fish, but I'd love some other suggestions!

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  1. I don't think you'll have any problem following those restrictions anywhere in Barcelona. There are plenty of hot tapas, cooked or canned seafood and pasteurized milk cheese to get you filled up.

    If you want particular suggestions, it would be useful to know what type of food you're looking for as well as your budget.

    1. Interesting, I've not heard of the cured meat limitation before (but then, I've never been pregnant). What does your doctor mean by unprocessed cheese? I thought the typical advice on cheese was typically not to eat soft cheeses but that hard cheeses were fine. If that's the case, you'll have no problem. Lots of wonderful hard cheeses are available. As for fish, be mindful of fish that contains high mercury levels.

      Here are recent recommendations from the Spanish food safety administration regarding what to avoid or limit:

      ETA: It just dawned on me that the cured meat limitation is probably related to sodium nitrate. I would not be surprised if there were sources of embotits that are free of it.

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      1. re: debbiel

        "unprocessed" in the context would be "raw milk" cheese

        1. re: debbiel

          Thanks all! I'm just coming off a week in France, and avoiding certain foods (cheese, deli meat, etc) was pretty difficult. Now in Barcelona and finding a ton of options. Such great produce and cooked foods! I really appreciate the advice!