The FDA is finally increasing the recommended intake of fish for pregnant women and children! There are many benefits to eating fish, such as boosting brain function, reducing inflammation and improving cardiovascular health markers.
Fish can be contaminated with mercury, PCBs and other pollutants so be sure to choose fish that are lower on the food chain, such as shrimp, herring, and sardines. For larger fish, including my favorite, salmon, choose wild-caught. Avoid farm-raised fish, as they tend to have higher levels of antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals. Avoid or limit intake of fish that tend to be highest in mercury, including swordfish, mackerel and tuna.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy fish is sushi. The iodine in the seaweed helps to combat the negative effects of any harmful chemicals that may be found in the fish. Expose your kids to sushi early and it will soon become one of their favorite foods!