Feds to pregnant women: Eat more fish

President Barack Obama’s administration encouraged “pregnant women, women of childbearing age and breastfeeding mothers to eat at least 8 but no more than 12 ounces of low-mercury fish a week, an amount equivalent to two or three servings,” according to a June Chicago Tribune article. The Food and Drug Administration asserts by following these guidelines, mothers would obtain beneficial nutrients while avoiding a toxic metal. Examples of low-mercury fish, the article said, are salmon, shrimp, Pollock, tilapia, catfish and cod. An updated FDA advisory also cited in the article recommended young children should eat smaller portions of fish based on their age, ranging from 3 to 8 ounces a week. Critics argue the Administration did not go far enough in advising consumers where and how to select the recommended fish. The article suggests this forces pregnant women to figure out which are the safest fish to consume since previous studies have shown canned tuna and swordfish contain harmful levels of mercury that can cause irreversible brain damage before a child is born and even increase the risk of heart disease in adults, the article stated.

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