FDA Recommends that Consumers Eat More Fish

The FDA has announced that they now recommend that pregnant women and children incorporate more fish into their diets. The report recommends that pregnant women and children should eat two servings (8oz. for adults) of low-mercury seafood each week due to the health benefits doing so can provide. The FDA report offers further clarification regarding what types of seafood should be consumed:

 The draft updated advice cautions pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid four types of fish that are associated with high mercury levels: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico; shark; swordfish; and king mackerel. In addition, the draft updated advice recommends limiting consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces a week.

Choices lower in mercury include some of the most commonly eaten fish, such as shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod.

When eating fish caught from local streams, rivers and lakes, follow fish advisories from local authorities. If advice isn’t available, limit your total intake of such fish to 6 ounces a week and 1-3 ounces for children.

The report also recommends that pregnant women and children continue to monitor the amount of mercury that they are ingesting. For example, the FDA says that pregnant women should not consume more than 12oz of seafood a week.

While consumers should talk with their personal healthcare professionals with regards to their diet, this report does illustrate that eating low-mercury seafood can be very beneficial to a consumer’s health.

Read More Here- “Health Officials Call for More Fish in Diets of Children and Pregnant Women” (Anahad O’Connor, The New York Times)

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A rising senior at Colgate University, John is currently working as a research fellow with Consumers' Research.

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