UPDATED October 14,2019
Over four years ago I wrote about balut. Is it safe to eat balut eggs during pregnancy? My wife told me the female offspring would likely have hairy legs if the mother consumed balut during her pregnancy. Hence, I decided to finally do an update and discover if balut is actually good for pregnant women. The overwhelming consensus is yes, balut is safe for pregnant women to eat.
If You’re Pregnant in the Philippines, Don’t Eat Balut?
Furthermore, balut is also considered an aphrodisiac. It could help boost a male’s favorite “tool.”
Let’s lead off with what an actual physician says about balut and pregnancy, Dr. Barbara Jane Papa, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Perpetual Help Medical Center in Las Pinas, Metro Manila.
The question over at SmartParenting.ph was this:
Is it safe to eat balut while pregnant? YES!
Balut is cooked egg with meat (chick), so yes, it is safe to eat, says Dr. Papa.
Many pregnant women eat balut eggs believing that they encourage a healthy pregnancy.
Nutritional Value of Balut
Balut eggs are an inexpensive and easily obtained source of protein throughout the Philippines. They’re jam-packed with vitamin C and beta carotene. These powerful antioxidants help clean free radicals from your bloodstream and support your immune system.
According to popular Vietnamese belief, these eggs are a nutritious and restorative food for pregnant or delivering women.
Who cares if they could give your daughter hairy legs. Just buy her a Gillette Venus Spa Razor once she gets older.
image courtesy of lazada.com
Balut, a Favorite Aphrodisiac of Filipino Men
According to the TakeOut.com balut has developed a reputation as an aphrodisiac among Filipino men, with claims that it stiffens the knees (among other things.) The “Take Out” article also noted that pregnant women consume balut, believing it’ll help them stay healthy throughout their pregnancy.
Furthermore, the BabyCenter.com also notes that Filipino men trust in balut’s alleged aphrodisiac properties.
The Baby Center article goes on to say that pregnancy and giving birth are, of course, strenuous on a woman’s body. She has to eat nutritious and energy-laden foods. Balut is not only safe during pregnancy, it can also be considered a health food as it is loaded with muscle-building and brain-forming protein.
Hairy Legs. Superstition or Fact?
Finally, let me close this update with the following information from the StuartExchange.com:
“A balut superstition. An excessive craving for balut during pregnancy might result in a child born with abnormal patches of hair hirsutism (balbon) later in life.”
Fact or fiction? My wife says it’s a fact. Check out the original article along with pictures of my niece Michelle’s hairy legs:
If you’re pregnant in the Philippines, don’t eat balut. Balut is a developing duck embryo (fertilized duck egg) that is boiled and eaten in the shell. I’ve choked down this Filipino delicacy on a few occasions (see following photo) and I have to admit, I’ve only done so after I’ve quaffed a bottle of Red Horse (or two.) Aside from the chick embryo, it tastes like a boiled egg, but it is not one of my favorite foods in the archipelago.
However, balut is extremely popular with many of the locals despite the side effects it can cause for the offspring of pregnant women. Case in point, our niece Michelle.
Michelle was fast asleep when I took the following photographs during a recent outing at Raymen Beach. Note her hairy legs. What caused this? Her mother, Emily, ate balut when she was pregnant.
This, according to my beloved asawa, after I remarked how hairy our niece’s legs are.
Check out this close-up. I have no reason to doubt the veracity of my spouse’s story because if I’ve learned anything after over 15 years of marriage is this: never question her. It makes my life so much simpler. You married guys out there know what I’m talking about.
I can’t even get away with sarcastic remarks anymore that went over my wife’s head. After only a couple years of marriage, she caught on to my smart ass ways and I felt compelled to discontinue my sarcasm (for the most part.)
You might wonder why it took my asawa two years to catch on. The language barrier was on my side for awhile. She wasn’t aware of the various slang words that we use in the States.
So if you are pregnant and already know that your upcoming bundle of joy will be a Filipina, don’t eat balut. But if it doesn’t bother you that the child will have hairy legs in the future, eat all the balut you want to your heart’s content and hope that her future spouse loves hairy women.