Should pregnant women eat fish? Absolutely, according to a new study, which found that “intelligence quotients” were higher for children with mothers who ate fish during pregnancy. The study also revealed that children of women who ate no or small amounts of fish (less than 12 ounces) during pregnancy had more behavioral and social problems than children whose mothers ate more than 12 ounces of fish.
The Lancet study analyzed 11,875 children and determined their “intelligence quotients” were higher if their mothers ate fish during pregnancy. The researchers also concluded that these children had better “fine motor, communication and social development scores.” The study clarifies the misconceptions regarding the safety of fish consumption.
The Lancet stresses the important health benefits of fish,” said John Signorino, CEO of Chicken of the Sea International, “and canned tuna is an affordable, low-calorie and high-protein food, filled with heart-healthy omega-3. It’s an easy way for all people to incorporate seafood into their diets.”
Anne Forristall Luke, president of the U.S. Tuna Foundation, said, “Unfortunately, many people not taking advantage of the multiple health benefits of canned seafood are those who need these affordable, nutritious foods the most.”
For more information on the study, visit www.thelancet.com.
Other research consistently points to the health benefits of seafood. The Journal of the American Medical Association states eating fish cuts the risk of death from coronary disease – the single largest killer of Americans, according to the American Heart Association – by 36 percent.
The American Heart Association says consumers should “eat at least two servings of fish each week,” and the American Diabetes Association has noted as many as 20 million Americans have diabetes, and foods high in protein and high in omega-3 are important to counter the ailment’s effects.