PROTECT YOUR HEALTH
Eating fish is good for your health. They are high in protein and low in unhealthy fats. Fish are also a good source of vitamin and minerals.
But some fish in the Delta, especially striped bass and sturgeon, have chemicals called mercury in them. Eating these fish may harm your health or the health of your family.
WHO SHOULD CHOOSE THEIR FISH CAREFULLY?
Too much mercury can cause health problems for anyone. Because they change the way young brains develop, it can harm babies and children most of all. Mercury stays in the body and builds up over time. It can pass from a pregnant woman or a nursing mother to her baby.
It is especially important for all children under 17, women ages 18-45, and women who are pregnant to avoid eating fish that have high levels of mercury.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU EAT?
Women ages 18-45, pregnant women or breast feeding women, and children 17 years and under should not eat more than 1 meal of striped bass or sturgeon per month.
Other adults should not eat more than 2 meals of striped bass or sturgeon per month.
US Food, Drug Administration and US Environmental Protection Agency
HEALTH ADVISORY FOR EATING FISH AND SEAFOOD
Pregnant, nursing, or childbearing age women should void these four types of fish that contain high levels of mercury- shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, as well as limit their intake of albacore tuna, which has more mercury then ‘light’ tuna. Pregnant women and young children should be the most cautious about their seafood choices, the reports said, largely because of concerns that mercury in the fish could damage a child’s developing brain and nervous system.
Research studies have determined that eating seafood may help reduce the risk of heart disease in the general population. Research said that serving one to two meal of fish per week especially varieties high in fatty oils, such as wild salmon may reduce the risk of death from heart attack by 36%.
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