Feds Want Pregnant Women to Eat More Fish
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:53 PM

Most pregnant women in the U.S. aren't eating enough fish.  A recent survey that showed 50% ate less than 2 ounces per week and 75% consumed less than 4 ounces.  "A large proportion of pregnant women aren't eating enough fish, and they're missing out on the health and developmental benefits fish can provide."

Pregnant women should eat at least 8 ounces of fish each week, which puts a floor -- not just a ceiling -- on the amount of seafood these women should consume, the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a draft guidance.

The recommendation, which translates to two to three servings of low-mercury fish per week, is consistent with those in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and also applies to breastfeeding women and those who might become pregnant.

Both agencies also advised that young children get two to three weekly servings of fish in proportions appropriate to their age and caloric needs.

The recommendation breaks from the earlier 2004 guidance which only put a cap on fish intake.  Both agencies recommend selecting fish proven to be low in mercury content, including shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish, and cod.  Only four fish are on the do-not-eat list in the current update: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel.

FDA and EPA also advised that women should limit their intake of albacore tuna -- whether in canned form or as steaks -- to 6 ounces a week, given its higher mercury content.

Fish caught in local waters should also be limited to 6 ounces per week for adults -- and 1 to 3 ounces for children -- because the watershed may not be monitored and it may not be possible to determine mercury levels, officials said.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/GeneralEndocrinology/46251