When confronted with a spread of holiday cakes and cookies, it is almost impossible not to dive in, especially if you’re hungry and craving a little treat. Do you go for the Christmas cake or leave it alone? It has healthy fruits and nuts in it, which makes it a much better choice than the sugar cookies sitting next to it. However, when considering Christmas cake, and many other holiday goodies, there are really two things to consider: first, carbohydrate content and second, alcohol content.
Like most Christmas goodies, Christmas cake has carbohydrates in it, and the fruit makes the carb count even higher. So if you have gestational diabetes or are avoiding carbohydrates, you probably already know to stay away from the desserts.
Christmas cake also sometimes has alcohol in it. Depending on the recipe, it could range from merely containing a little rum flavoring, which is no problem for your baby, to several tablespoons of rum or brandy. Any alcohol mixed into the Christmas cake is going to burn off to about ten percent of the original amount during cooking, so it’s safe to assume you’re getting a little rum with every slice, but not enough to be worth avoiding.
However, if the Christmas cake was soaked in alcohol after it was cooked, you’re getting a much higher amount. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy and your feelings about alcohol, you may want to limit your consumption to a bite or two and focus on other holiday treats.
If Christmas cake is your favorite holiday treat, then just be smart about how much you consume. There are many things you can do during a healthy pregnancy if done in moderation and that applies to almost every Christmas goodie.