Rum cake has a reputation for being delicious but it also contains a lot of sugar. Many women wonder if this is safe to eat while breastfeeding? The answer is yes, rum cake can be eaten while breastfeeding. In fact, your baby will quickly find out that you have been eating it as they will notice the residual effects after drinking some of your milk.
Cakes are normally made up of refined flour which is low in nutrients and high in sugar. The good news for you is that the sugar will not cause any health problems as compared to other sweet products such as ice cream, candies and sugary cereals.
You can eat as much cake as you like without worrying about its effect on your baby. However, make sure that you take note of the number of servings you consume per day so that you do not exceed the recommended intake.
What is Rum Cake?
The traditional Caribbean rum cake is a light and fluffy dessert that’s similar in texture to an fruitcake, but with hints of spice.
To make it there are various ways you can steep your dried fruits for months before adding them into the dough– some people just leave them on their hooks while cooking up some sugar; others will boil everything together until thickened like yogurt or paste (depending upon preference).
Either way, once cooked through these spices have time enough exposure so they’re easier digestible because not heated above body temperature!
Makes me want one now…
When it comes to the flavors of this world, there’s nothing that can beat a rum cake. A traditional Caribbean dessert and descended from figgy pudding (a type of centrepiece), these dark treats have been around since before we were born! That said they don’t need an occasion or someone special in order for you enjoy them; simply taking one out onto your kitchen counter will do just fine – alongside some fresh fruit if possible 😉
Does Alcohol Burn in Cooking
Some people like to add alcohol when they make their own fruitcake because it’s believed that the cooking process will take care of any residue. This is not true, however; there still may be some trace amounts left behind if you use brandy or rum for example! So be careful with homemade fruitcake recipes when breast feeding to not put too much in.
Is It Safe to Eat Rum Cake or Eat Fruitcake When Nursing?
Generally yes, as whilst most alcohol cooks out, there is residue left and the cake will have alcohol content.
Generally, with rum cakes that are freshly prepared, the alcohol burns off in the process so what you put into the cake batter should be cooked away.
Some people do add alcohol to the finished baked goods, and this is still present. Whilst all the alcohol is fine in moderation for nursing mothers.
Rum cake contains rum which is made up of ethanol and water. This means that it has zero calories; however, there are other ingredients in the cake mix that will contribute to its caloric value. These include sugar (a source of carbohydrates) and fat (added during baking). The rum cake also contains chocolate which is also a source of fat.
It is not safe to eat rum cake during pregnancy as it may lead to possible birth defects and other health problems for the unborn baby. In addition, alcohol can pass through the placenta which may continue to affect your child after birth even if you have stopped consuming it. Pregnant women have to consider their baby growth as well as their own health.
Can you get drunk from cake with alcohol in it?
Rum cake contains rum which is made up of ethanol. This means that it has zero calories; however, there are other ingredients in the cake mix that will contribute to its caloric value. These include sugar (a source of carbohydrates) and fat (added during baking). The rum cake also contains chocolate which is also a source of fat.
Can you get drunk from Rum Cake?
Rum cake is low in sugar and mostly made up of alcohol which would not intoxicate you when consumed in small quantities. The amount of ethanol present in the cake will quickly cross through your bloodstream if it is digested especially when eaten on an empty stomach. You can definitely get intoxicated but due to its minimal amountsof sugar; you will not gain weight as a result of eating it.
However, if you eat too much rum cake and exceed the recommended daily intake then you might experience some negative effects such as:
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Reduction in milk supply
- Feeling nauseous
- Having a headache
- Experiencing stomach cramps
- Being unable to sleep dueto the uncomfortable feeling in your stomach
- Being unable to drive or make important decisions due to intoxication
Can you eat food cooked with alcohol while breastfeeding?
Yes, you can eat food cooked with alcohol while breastfeeding. The amount of ethanol present in the cake will quickly cross through your bloodstream if it is digested especially when eaten on an empty stomach. You can definitely get intoxicated but due to its minimal amounts of sugar; you will not gain weight as a result of eating it.
However, be very careful with the serving size to avoid exceeding the recommended daily intake. Make sure that you are not too intoxicated to take care of your baby. If you are worried about being exposed to high levels of alcohol, make sure that you do not consume any other alcoholic products throughout the day.
So you ladies, go enjoy a gorgeous slice of rum cake today, remember though like everything, a little moderation in everything you eat and drink is safest. In pregnancy you had to steer clear of alcohol, not even allowed small amounts or a glass of wine, but now you have a small piece and if you have any concerns speak to your medical professional or healthcare professional.
This article was written by Sandra Baker – full time writer and the mother of four amazing kids (including twins!)
She’s also a breastfeeding counselor and has spent years helping new parents learn how to care for their children. When she’s not writing or caring for her children, Sandra likes to spend time reading and taking walks with her husband.