FDA Attempting Advisory Change on Seafood Containing Mercury

Just a quick note to give a heads up to all parents, particularly pregnant and nursing moms:  It’s being reported by The Washington Post that the FDA is trying to convince the government to remove warnings on fish and seafood containing mercury.  This means a removal of any sort of warning telling us that mercury in fish is bad for us and our children, and rather than advising us to watch our fish intake due to mercury levels, they would begin recommending larger amounts of fish, especially for pregnant moms and young children.  

Of course we all know mercury didn’t suddenly become a health benefit. But the FDA’s claims are that the benefits outweigh the risks.  If you’re concerned about your kids not getting enough Omega-3’s, there are many other sources.  I’d recommend searching through the “Healthy Recipes” section of this blog; if you have recipes you’d like to add, please feel free to send them along!  Just check the Healthy Recipes section (there’s a tab at the top of the page) and you’ll see how to get those sent to me.  In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for some new recipes to add that will help get those Omega-3’s into your kids – mercury free!

Omega-3 foods:  Beans, flax seed, walnuts, soybeans (including tofu), wheat and oat germ, avocado, pumpkin seeds, kiwi, lingonberry, black raspberry, pecans, butternuts, hazelnuts, hempseed oil, olive oil.

Know any more?  Please leave a comment and share with us!

3 thoughts on “FDA Attempting Advisory Change on Seafood Containing Mercury

  1. I just don’t understand why on earth the FDA would do this! Isn’t their job to help protect us from toxins?? It drives me crazy!! And to recommend more fish when you are pregnant! I didn’t eat fish at all when I was pregnant to avoid mercury. Yikes!!

    My son’s Doctor, who is well up on vaccines and mercury and never pressured us! she is fabulous, recommended my son take Nordic Naturals Childrens’ DHA, 100% Cod Liver Oil pills. The ones he takes are Strawberry flavored and chewable and he loves them. Every batch of Nordic Naturals are third party tested for heavy metals, dioxins and PCBs. They are recommended for 3 years and older but we started him earlier with a lower dose under his doctor’s recommendation.

    We do eat fish but not often.

    Thanks for the list of foods Diane, I didn’t know about the Kiwi or black rasberry! Yum!

    Something I recently learned: If you eat meat, grass fed beef, that is beef that is fed grass throughout its life is high in Omega 3. You have to ask your store because most Natural beef gets fed corn the last 6 or so weeks which greatly reduces the Omega 3.

    I continue to love the information you post Diane! Thank You

  2. We’ve been giving our son Omega-3 Chewable’s since he was 15 months old. It’s a great way for him to have his Omega-3, especially if he doesn’t always get it in his foods.

  3. Tom, you are absolutely correct, it shows that you’re an authority on the subject. I admire someone that takes the pride you have and with your projecton of information. oSo when i actually do sit down to read material, I appreciate well written and organized blogs like this one. I have it bookmarked and will be back. Thanks.

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