Seafood and Pregnancy

Much has been said and printed of late regarding the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines and the recommendation from the FDA to consume more seafood. There has also been a great deal of negative press coming from various NGO groups who seem to have an endless supply of time and money to provide misdirection and false information to the public. At Morey’s, we believe in actual science and have been diligent in our efforts to provide the truth to our customers. As active members of the National Fisheries Institute, (NFI), we have access to a constant flow of the latest and best science and information from the industry and from governmental organizations. With our 80th anniversary just around the corner, we also have a great deal of experience and amassed knowledge of the industry. Consumers are being victimized by scare tactics that are pushing them to believe the many untruths being extolled upon them by several so called environmental and watchdog groups. We encourage our followers and consumers to know and believe in the science; know and believe in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the FDA recommendations, and the recommendations from many other bona fide organizations who report the positive benefits of eating more seafood.

The current U.S. Dietary Guidelines suggest eating 8 -12 oz. of cooked seafood per week. That works out to 2 or 3 meals per week assuming a 4 – 6 oz. serving. Given the vast number of excellent seafood choices, this is an easy suggestion to make part of your healthy eating lifestyle!

The study concluded that over 40% of the U.S. population consumes less protein than recommended every week. When it comes to seafood, females age 14 and up, in particular, are consuming far less than recommended. Pregnant women and small children need more seafood! The current recommendation from the FDA and others confirms this. Seafood is brain food! Study after study has concluded that the positive benefits of seafood consumption, particularly in brain development and maintenance are overwhelming!

Morey’s has been talking about this for years! Here is a link to a video blog we posted over 4 years ago that purported the benefits of seafood consumption for women who are pregnant and for small children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn3maIswdIo

It precedes the new guidelines, but the information holds up today! By the way, the grandchildren referenced in the video are all happy and healthy, and their Moms see to it that they all get ample seafood in their diets!

Want more than just my opinion? Here are a few more links that further report the benefits of seafood for pregnant women and for young children:

From the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm393070.htm

From the NFI: http://dishonfish.com/3-tips-for-eating-plenty-of-seafood-during-pregnancy/

From the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-and-fish/art-20044185

From the American Pregnancy Association: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/mercury-levels-in-fish/

From Scientific American Magazine: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/children-and-pregnant-women-should-eat-more-fish/

To be fair, as you will have seen from these links, there are certain situations where seafood consumption should be controlled, especially for pregnant women. Seafood that has been proven to be high in mercury is one of these, but these instances are few and far between. The overwhelming conclusion is that the benefits of eating more seafood far outweigh any minor risks, and there are so many safe seafood options to choose from! Salmon, tilapia, shrimp, cod, catfish and even canned light tuna are all excellent suggestions. Seafood is a safe and healthy choice for consumers of all ages. We encourage everyone to heed the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and eat at least 2 – 3 meals per week that feature seafood as the main protein.

By the way, another great resource has become available this year. The NFI has launched a site called “Dish on Fish” that makes a variety of information and recipes available to the public, including monthly meal planning suggestions. Check it out at http://dishonfish.com/

Trust in Seafood! Eat more of it to improve and to maintain your health!

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