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Newborn and Infant Care

Cooking with alcohol



I understand the importance of avoiding drinking alcoholic beverages while pregnant, but what about cooking with wine or beer as an ingredient? Will the alcohol be "cooked" out, or should I avoid foods that were cooked in any kind of alcohol?


This is an excellent question, and one that has taken some research. The use of alcohol in cooking will not affect your pregnancy if the food to which the alcohol has been added is fully heated following the addition of the alcohol. With heat the alcohol oxides and only the flavoring remains. However alcohol that is added after cooking will remain intact and could affect your pregnancy.

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Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati