Why Some Pregnant Mothers Are Feeling Fishy About Their Baby’s Health


Mothers-to-be, beware: did you know a frequent fish could be wreaking havoc on your unborn child’s health?

Unfortunately, that looks to be the case: recent research out of Consumer Reports concluded that pregnant women should stay away from every chance for tuna, every single time. This is a striking contrast to what the Food and Drug Administration said in regards to light canned tuna, as the agency claimed it to be a fish that’s “lower in mercury” not long ago.

Canned tuna used to be the most widely-consumed kind of seafood available in the U.S. Even as recently as 2012, the freaky fish came in at second place, just after shrimp. Regardless of its nationwide ranking, all canned seafood (tuna is the first-place leader there) dipped to its lowest in over a decade-and-a-half, admits the Washington Post. This could be because of serious health concerns such as tuna’s mercury levels.

As of now, the Federal Drug Administration thinks that pregnant women– or even women who could become pregnant, along with nursing mothers– should avoid shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel.  It even says young children should steer clear from those fish. That being said, the government agency by no means offers a lengthy list of what seafood people should eat; instead, they recommend just a few: salmon, pollock, shrimp, tilapia, cod, light canned tuna, and catfish, at consumption rates of just two or three times each week.

In order to give people a greater amount of low-mercury seafood to choose from, CR gathered information from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the average amount of mercury in each fish and put them into a “lowest” mercury group or a “lower” mercury group.

“The best fish on the list is salmon,” offered Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiative at Consumer Reports. Nearly all canned salmon in grocery stores is wild Alaskan salmon, which is an excellent substitute for canned tuna, despite being harder to get to because you need to remove the bones, Halloran finished.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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