Thursday, October 20, 2005

U.S. Warnings Against Fish In Pregnancy May Be Harmful

From the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Via Bloomberg:
U.S. government warnings against eating mercury-contaminated fish may cause more harm than good because fish oils boost health and mental development more than mercury harms fetuses, Harvard University researchers reported.

Pregnant women who cut their fish intake by one-sixth following a 2001 government advisory about avoiding mercury in fish experienced an 80 percent decline in the intelligence benefit that their developing children otherwise would have gained from maternal fish consumption, according to studies led by Harvard researcher Joshua Cohen.
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