Can pregnant women and babies eat fish? Are there antibiotics in seafood? Are farmed or wild fish healthier to eat? FCEC, like those of you that are environmental and health conscious consumers, is also concerned with these important issues.
FCEC is pleased to share answers to these questions that recently appeared on HealthyChild’s blog. Their post addressed these very issues for readers and here’s some of the important information they shared.
How often is it okay to eat seafood?
It depends on your weight and what fish you eat. To check where you fall on the scale of how much fish consumption is safe, visit the Physician’s for Social Responsibility fact sheet or this chart put together by the Environmental Defense Fund which shows the type of fish that can be eaten safely by men, women and kids.
Are there antibiotics in fish?
The key is to know where your seafood is coming from. Fish from foreign countries is often not regulated in the same way it is in the United States. In general, according to Food and Water Watch, choose wild over farmed fish, unless it is farmed Rainbow Trout or farmed Oysters.
Is it okay for pregnant women to eat fish?
You have to be careful about the fish you choose to eat. While it is important to have a good source of omega-3 fatty acids for the overall well-being and development of babies, it is also crucial to avoid fish that are high in contamination. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch lists a hand full of fish that are healthy to eat and high in omega-3s.
Can babies eat fish?
Once your child is 8 to 9 months of age, it is okay to feed them fish as long as you consult with your doctor first. Of course, if your doc gives you the green light, make sure the fish is boneless, cooked thoroughly and cut into small pieces. Also, as with any new foods for babies, you need to watch for any adverse side effects.
Check out the other great questions and answers about safe fish consumption by visiting the resourceful HealthyChild.org.
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