A new study has revealed promising findings that sheds fears of fish consumption by pregnant women.
According the researchers, the pregnant ladies can safely eat fish without fearing of any threat from mercury to their child.
The researchers involved 1,500 pregnant women for a three decade-long study. During the study, it was found that those women that have high levels of fish intake, i.e. about 12 meals a week with fish, showed no any developmental problems with their children.
“The findings of the study show no overall link between prenatal exposure to mercury through fish consumption and neuro-developmental outcomes,” said study co-author Edwin van Wijngaarden, of University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences.
The study co-author said, “It is also becoming increasingly clear that the benefits of fish consumption may outweigh, or even mask, any potentially adverse effects of mercury.”
During the study, the researchers found fish naturally containing polyunsaturated fatty acids that can “augment or counteract the toxic properties of mercury.”
Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing its recommendation for pregnant women that asks them to control their fish intake to two times per week.
The findings of the study were detailed online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.