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(WASHINGTON) -- The Food and Drug Association and the Environmental Protection Agency released a joint statement on Tuesday recommending that pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as young children, eat more fish to aid brain development.
Previously, the two agencies set a high-end limit on how much fish pregnant or breastfeeding women should eat, noting high mercury levels in fish. As a result, many women opted to avoid eating fish while pregnant or breastfeeding. Now, the FDA and EPA say, women should be sure to eat at least eight ounces of fish per week.
The guidelines fit those presented in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Women. Noting the mercury concern, the FDA and EPA recommend limiting albacore tuna intake to six ounces per week and to avoid eating tilefish, shark, swordfish or king mackerel while pregnant or breastfeeding.
The two agencies recommend that pregnant women take an iron supplement recommended by a health care provider while also eating fish lower in mercury levels -- such as shrimp, pollack, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod.
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