Fish and Mercury Warning for children and Women That Are Pregnant


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True or False: Pregnant women should avoid eating fish and seafood due to mercury concerns

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Specifically, the advisory states that women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children should: Not eat any shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish. Eat only two average servings (6 ounces per serving for adults, but less for kids) a week of fish that are lower in mercury, including shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Fish offers nutritional benefits important for growth and development during pregnancy and early childhood, the agency said. The FDA and EPA recommend two to three servings of lower-mercury fish. Yes, Pregnant Women Can Eat Salmon and Other Low Mercury Fish Many Americans do not eat adequate amounts of fish.

However, the FDA recommends eating 8 to 12 ounces of fish low in mercury per week. That amounts to about 2 to 3 servings of fish per week, which can be. The conclusion? Eat fish. Yeah, But Mercury is Crazy Dangerous So here’s the thing about Mercury.

It can pass from mom to kid when she ingests it. And it is super bad for the baby, but it’s only a risk when consumed in large-ish amounts. The fish that are the biggest culprits of carrying that ol’ quicksilver?

The big, long-lived ones. Though mercury can harm a developing baby’s brain, eating average amounts of seafood containing low levels of mercury during pregnancy hasn’t been shown to cause problems. And the omega-3 fatty acids in many types of fish can promote a baby’s healthy cognitive development. In the past, experts have told pregnant women not to eat fish and seafood for fear of mercury contamination. That fear is well-founded, but not all fish are high in mercury.

Fish with low mercury concentration, such as salmon, shrimp, crab, and haddock, are safe and recommended for moms-to-be. 63 rows · While it is important to limit mercury in the diets of women who are pregnant and. Choose lower-mercury fish and seafood, such as salmon, shrimp, cod, and sardines. Avoid higher-mercury fish, such as tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel. The FDA says the update is an attempt to get pregnant women to eat more fish, since many types of low-mercury seafood are good sources of.

Mercury is called as nerve poison. Children are more sensitive to it compared to the adults. Therefore, the fish which contains mercury is prohibited to the babies, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

You can introduce fish to your baby once she is around 9 months old.

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In 2004, the U.S. government issued health advisories recommending that pregnant women limit their fish consumption to avoid exposure to methyl mercury, a heavy metal and industrial pollutant or contaminant that accumulates in some seafood.

“Creasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice” by Robert Resnik, MD, Robert K. Creasy, MD, Jay D. Iams, MD, Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, Thomas Moore, MD, Michael F Greene, MD
from Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice
by Robert Resnik, MD, Robert K. Creasy, MD, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency recommend that pregnant women and youngsters eat no more than two servings of salmon or other low-mercury fish each week.62 However, the benefits of eating fish may outweigh the risks.

“Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book” by Joseph E. Pizzorno, Michael T. Murray
from Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book
by Joseph E. Pizzorno, Michael T. Murray
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Mercury has been the most publicized environmental toxicant in relation to reproductive health, and explains the FDA’s recommended limitations on fish consumption in pregnancy.

“Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques Fourth Edition: Volume 2: Clinical Perspectives” by David K. Gardner, Ariel Weissman, Colin M Howles, Zeev Shoham
from Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques Fourth Edition: Volume 2: Clinical Perspectives
by David K. Gardner, Ariel Weissman, et. al.
Taylor & Francis, 2012

Mercury is one of the main reasons for recent EPA fish advisories, warning the most sensitive populations such as pregnant women and children against even moderate consumption of certain types of fish.

“Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage” by Daniel C. Esty, Andrew Winston
from Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage
by Daniel C. Esty, Andrew Winston
Wiley, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that pregnant women and women of childbearing age should not exceed consuming 14 ounces of fish with 0.5 ppm mercury per week.

“Fundamentals of Air Pollution” by Daniel A. Vallero
from Fundamentals of Air Pollution
by Daniel A. Vallero
Elsevier Science, 2014

The consumption of fish during pregnancy and lactation should be guided by national, government-endorsed recommendations, which generally advise eating 2–3 meals per week of fish/shellfish with low mercury levels and avoiding or limiting the consumption of fish high in mercury (predatory deep-sea fish) [9, 10].

“Pediatric Nutrition in Practice” by B. Koletzko, J. Bhatia, Z.A. Bhutta, P. Cooper, M. Makrides, R. Uauy, W. Wang
from Pediatric Nutrition in Practice
by B. Koletzko, J. Bhatia, et. al.
S. Karger AG, 2015

Because mercury is especially damaging during development, pregnant women and young children are advised to avoid certain types of fish and limit their consumption to one to three servings of fish per week, depending on the type of fish (see Chapter 11 and Appendix C).30

“Visualizing Nutrition: Everyday Choices” by Mary B. Grosvenor, Lori A. Smolin
from Visualizing Nutrition: Everyday Choices
by Mary B. Grosvenor, Lori A. Smolin
Wiley, 2017

This has been partly in response to the health warnings issued by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) in March 2004 regarding maximal intake of selected fish species during pregnancy and childhood (Bambrick & Kjellstrom 2004).

“Essential Herbs and Natural Supplements” by Lesley Braun, Marc Cohen
from Essential Herbs and Natural Supplements
by Lesley Braun, Marc Cohen
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Food and Drug Administration recommends that high-risk groups including young children and pregnant and lactating women consume low-mercury sources of fish (salmon, trout, shrimp, tilapia, pollock, and canned light tuna) but keep it to 12 ounces or less per week (two average meals).

“Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School” by Jill Castle, Maryann Jacobsen
from Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School
by Jill Castle, Maryann Jacobsen
Wiley, 2013

Mercury is particularly dangerous to foetuses, hence the health warnings about fish consumption issued to pregnant women.

“Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet” by Tim Flannery
from Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet
by Tim Flannery
Grove Atlantic, 2011

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  • THE only fish species that are really safe for women are Sardines and octopus the others have moderate to high mercury levels. (source I work to fish and study fish.)

  • Great! Fish poisons our kids and they spend public money to poison our minds so that we poison our kids by buying fish like duh!

  • Buy ocean fish that’s been tested for mercury and dioxins tested. Change your silver mercury filings to nontoxic white ceramic filings from a holistic dentist. Change your CFL bulbs to LED bulbs. Recycle your CFL. Filter your tap water for lead and drugs. Test for lead paint. Drink from stainless steel cups.

  • x_x this documentary is sooo biased any promoting fish for pregnant women? I would rather cut out the middle man n consume wat the fish is consuming…the seaweed or watever. My asthma aint gettin all that better from shellfish and sardines.

  • I was Vegan, but now I am a Pescatarian. Just switched a couple days ago. It will be interesting to see if my memory gets better eating fish again. Some of the healthiest, youngest looking people eat a Pescatarian diet.

  • Selenium is essentials…but like Omega 3…you find natural foods which has much higher Selenium…Brazil nuts which has more than 7 times higher amount of Selenium than meat/fish products.

  • Yes, you do get Omega 3 which is essential….but u have mercury and its side effects.

    Now…what now if there was a natural product which had higher Omega 3 lvls and no Mercury. Does such a product exist??

    Well actually yes…and it’s natural….Flaxseeds guys…all the benefits but no mercury!!

    Mercury has been on this planet for how long?
    coastal native americans been eating shell fish and fish for how long?
    gold country California and San Francisco Bay enviros claim mercury is in the fish, locals have been eating this fish for how long?
    so with all this concern for mercury we should be having an epidemic, mercury and people been around a long time