MERCURY POISONING IN FISH REVISITED

For years, the FDA has warned pregnant women to limit or even avoid eating fish due to high levels of mercury found in the ocean. It was thought that eating fish would cause neurological damage in children. Researchers in the Seychelles measured mercury in hair samples just prior to giving birth, and followed 1500 mothers and their children 20 months later and found no neurological abnormalities or decreased test scores independent of the pre-birth mercury levels. Previous studies dating back 20 years have also failed to show any signs of mercury poisoning. It is thought that the nutritional benefits of fish negate any problems from mercury.

The FDA and other international organizations are now reassessing their recommendations. If you are pregnant, please follow your OB-GYN’s advice concerning eating fish.

 

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