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More Evidence That Expectant Mothers Who Eat Lots Of Fish Have Smarter Kids

January 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Spanish study of 2,000 mothers and children found that eating fish often during pregnancy has long-term health benefits for kids, especially in terms of brain development. And, the study found, there was no evidence of adverse effects from pollutants like mercury after that eating a lot of fish – 21 ounces a week on average. The researchers examined women’s consumption of large fatty fish such as swordfish and albacore tuna, smaller fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines, anchovies or salmon, and lean fish such as hake or sole, as well as shellfish and other seafood. The link between higher maternal consumption of lean and/or large fatty fish and better child brain development was especially apparent when kids were five.
Shereen Lehman, "High fish consumption in pregnancy tied to brain benefits for kids", Reuters, January 18, 2016, © Thomson Reuters
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