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Mercury poisoning fish advice--USA research.

NEW US research has found government advisories on fish consumption and mercury poisoning do more harm than good; rather than deterring women from eating fish, they should ensure low-mercury fish is available. The study, appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, has warned such advice, particularly that aimed at women of childbearing years, causes a drop in fish consumption, damaging nutrition. Joshua Cohen, author from the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis said: "Fish are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which may protect against coronary heart disease and stroke, and aid in the neurological development of unborn babies." Its report says if pregnant women eat the same amount of fish but replaced mercury high-fish with fish low in mercury, cognitive development benefits of about 0.1 IQ points per newborn baby could follow. However, if pregnant women decrease fish consumption by one-sixth, the loss of omega-3 fatty would cut nutritional benefits by 80%.
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Author:Dobie, Monica
Publication:International News
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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