There's a serious health concern about eating some
kinds of fish.
Many popular varieties contain high levels of mercury.
To find out just how much mercury is a problem.
Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration
research and can tell you the fish that are safer
for you and which to avoid.
Martha Koloski Explains.
in today's On Your Side
Eating fish an be a great choice.
It's an excellent, low-fat source of protien and other
including omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect
your heart, and.
if you're pregnant.
boost your baby's brain development.
But there's a catch.
Some seafood contains high klevels of a form of mercury,
Merucury can damage the nervous system, espcially
when that exposure occurs in the womb.
The government advised young children, and women who
are pregrant, breastfeeding, or might become pregnant,
to avoid the four fsh with the highest mercury levels:
swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish from
the gulf of Mexico.
The FDA is also considering adding marlin and oragne
roughy to the list.
Consumer Reports' fod saftey experts agree but have
additional concerns about tuna.
Tuna accounts for 40 percent of our exposure.
Most of that is form canned tuna.
Fresh tuna, popular in sushi, can also be especially
high in mercury.
To be safe Consumer Reports recommends that preganant
women not eat any tuna at all.
And chlidren and anyone who eats a lot of fish should
really limit the amount they eat.
So how can you eat seafood with out exposing yourself
to too uch mercuty? Some good choices include: Wild
and Alaska salmon, canned or fresh, shrimp, sardines,
tilapia, scallops, oysters, and squid.
That's good advice to follow.
hook line and sinker.
For News 8 I'm Martha Koloski On your Side.
All of this discussion about fish doesn't mean you
should skip it.
In fact, for the first time.
the Food and Drug Administration has just said how
much fish women who are pregnant, breast-feeding,
or trying to get pregnant should be eating.
The minimum is at least eight ounces a week of a variety
of fish lower in mercury.