New FDA Guidelines Clears The Air On Seafood And Pregnant Mothers

January 20, 2017

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Expecting mothers have long had to navigate confusing and contradictorily advice on fish to avoid while pregnant and breastfeeding.  Now the Food and Drug Administration has released its list of seafood items that should be avoided, which include king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, and bigeye tuna; all of which contain the highest levels of mercury, which is linked to birth defects, impaired language, thinking and motor skills.  The list includes three categories: best, which includes 90% of fish consumed in the U.S.A. such as catfish, cod, oyster, salmon and canned tuna, which allows for 2 to 3 servings per week.  Good, which includes Mahi Mahi, albacore and yellow fin tuna and grouper, should not be consumed more than once per week. The new list is aimed to clear the air on confusing messages about seafood, which the FDA says that only 50% of pregnant women ate fewer than two ounces of fish per week, which is far less than the amount recommended. Studies have found that eating 3 to 4 servings of fish per week was linked to higher IQ scores in newborns as well as the omega-3 fatty acids, which can help improve the growth of a baby's brain.


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