Study sheds concern over fish eating among pregnant women
In a big relief to all the pregnant ladies, a recent study has refuted all the fears that eating fish is not safe during the pregnancy.
According the researchers, the pregnant women can eat fish safely without much concern about the mercury hurting their child.
For the study, the researchers involved 1,500 mothers for a period of three decades. They found those women having high levels of fish consumption, i.e. nearly 12 meals per week with fish, didn’t showed any developmental problems with their children.
Study co-author Edwin van Wijngaarden, of University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences, said, “The study’s results show no overall link between prenatal exposure to mercury through fish consumption and neuro-developmental outcomes.”
“It is also becoming increasingly clear that the benefits of fish consumption may outweigh, or even mask, any potentially adverse effects of mercury,” the study co-author added.
During the study, the researchers found the natural presence of polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish. According to the study researchers, the polyunsaturated fatty acids can “augment or counteract the toxic properties of mercury.”
In must be note worthy, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently recommends pregnant women to limit their fish consumption to twice per week. But those guidelines are being reconsidered now.
The study’s findings were published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.