FDA Updates Guidance on Seafood Benefits

Recently the FDA released updated guidance on the benefits of eating seafood. Based on the FDA’s latest guidance nursing mothers and young children should eat fish lower in mercury to support brain, heart, and immune system development. FDA guidance published in late October stated that fish are part of a healthy eating pattern and provide key nutrients during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and early childhood development. Fish delivers needed omega-3 and omega-6 fats as well as iodine, choline, and selenium. Fish is also rich in other nutrients such as protein, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. The FDA’s guidance also notes that a diet that includes fish may help heart health and lower the risk of obesity and colorectal cancers. The guidance includes a best choices list such as anchovies, clams, salmon, clams, haddock, oysters, Atlantic mackerel, scallops, trout, and sole.

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Posted on 23 November 2021