Weighing Risks and Rewards, Pregnant Women Eat Less Fish

Nowadays, most future mothers are aware of how certain foods can impact a pregnancy. Prevalent among these is the discussion of the advantages and drawbacks of eating fish. They are a primary source of omega-3 fatty acids, but certain types of contaminated fish have been shown to contain methylmercury, which is damaging during rapid brain development. When faced with conflicting information like this, researchers at Cornell University have discovered that pregnant women are more likely to focus on the potential risks than the benefits, and eat less fish. Changing the way the messaging is portrayed is the first step in encouraging pregnant women to eat more safe fish varieties. Find out more about Cornell’s research, after the jump:

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