(from The Oregonian)
If you’re expecting or breastfeeding, might want to lay off the tuna.
A new study found that almost 30 percent of pregnant women who eat a lot of fish had more mercury in their bodies than the level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. About 60 percent had more than even the most conservative recommended levels.
The Food and Drug Administration guidelines recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women or those planning to conceive avoid high mercury level seafood like tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel; however they do say that women should eat plenty of low mercury species like salmon, shrimp, pollock, tilapia, catfish, and cod. That list also includes canned light tuna, which the new study says is a significant source of mercury in women’s diets.
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