This piece from National Geographic is an interesting look at foods that different cultures consider to be taboo. Of course, some religions prohibit the consumption of certain foods for everyone. This includes beef for Hindus, meat for Buddhists, and pork for Muslims. And culturally, some things may not be acceptable for anyone such as horse meat in the U.S.
For pregnant women specifically, there are also more folk-related considerations. Some Nigerians advise against eating yams which are thought to cause the babies to become too big to deliver, and Tanzanians believe that eating fish can result in a late delivery. Meanwhile in Indonesia, chicken eggs are thought to make the baby “chicken” and result in delayed labor.
Chinese customs date back thousands of years, and many are still upheld today. It is thought that eating too many cold foods can lead to a miscarriage, and moist foods like shrimp and pineapples could negatively impact the baby with allergies or skin problems.
Read the full article here: Eat This, Not That: Taboos and Pregnancy