Gotta love science even more now!
We’ve known for years that pregnant women shouldn’t eat fish, [well I guess mostly in the US because Japanese women have been eating seafood whilst pregnant since the dawn of time] because of its mercury content, given that it is a neurotoxin that is not good for fetal brain development.
According to new research, that might not be true anymore. It seems the benefits of consuming fish during pregnancy might exceed the risks. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, states that fatty acid found in fish might act as protection from possible mercury damage, in addition to providing all sorts of benefits on its own.
Over 1,500 mothers and their children where tracked during this study. Samples of the mothers’ hair were analysed during pregnancy to determine their mercury exposure, and at 20 months, the child was given a series of tests to engage communication skills, motor skills, and behaviour. They found no relation between mercury exposure and lower test scores.
You know what that means? Means you amazing pregnant women can sit at the sushi train with a big smile enjoying that salmon nigiri and tuna roll. Bon Appetit!
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