PODCAST. Is methylmercury a concern? Have your pregnant patients asked about eating fish and the dangers of mercury? Which fish should they avoid?
According to the Food and Drug Administration analysis reported in Nutrition Journal on fetal neurodevelopment from eating commercial fish, pregnant women and others often avoid fish for fear of methylmercury exposure. The FDA evaluated the potential concerns against the benefits of eating fish during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Their analysis revealed that pregnant women who consume two seafood meals a week (or 8-12 ounces) provide an additional 3.3 IQ points by age 9 to their child. The analysis also found that the number of servings necessary to reach MeHg exposure to observe an adverse effect was at least twice the amount estimated to achieve the peak developmental benefit.
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Which fish should I eat? Perspectives influencing fish consumption choices. Environ Health Perspect.
FDA. A Quantitative Assessment of the Net Effects on Fetal Neurodevelopment from Eating Commercial Fish (As Measured by IQ and also by Early Age Verbal Development in Children). Food and Drug Administration. 2014.