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The Science Behind Seafood's Health Benefits

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Nutrition Journal

The 2014 FDA assessment of commercial fish: practical considerations for improved dietary guidance

Authors: Jennifer McGuire, Jason Kaplan, John Lapolla and Rima Kleiner / Journal: Nutrition Journal, July 2016

Summary

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its report: 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). By evaluating the benefits and potential concerns of eating fish during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the analysis suggests that pregnant women consuming two seafood meals (8–12 oz) per week could provide their child with an additional 3.3 IQ points by age 9. Recent insights from behavioral economics research indicate that other factors, such as concerns about price and methylmercury (MeHg) exposure, appear to reduce fish consumption in many individuals.

Tags: fish consumption, adulthood
Applies to: adults