Eating Fish Safely: Part 2

Eating Fish Safely

Eating fish is important for you and you baby.

Fish contains healthy fats that protect your heart and help you baby’s brain develop.  Follow these four tips to eat fish safely…

Tip 3: Eat up to 12 ounces of fish (two average meals) per week.

  • Four low mercury fish you may like are canned light tuna, salmon, Polluck, and catfish.
  • Eat only up to 6 ounces of albacore (white) tuna per week to avoid mercury.
  • Eat only the fillet of fish do not eat the organs of guts of  fish or shellfish.

Tip 4: Check local fish advisories before you eat fish from local waters.

  • Go to: www.oehha.ca.gov/fish.html to find out about safe fishing near  you.
  • If no fish advisory is available only eat up to 6 ounces per week of fish you catch.
  • Eat smaller fish.  They have fewer chemicals.
  • If you gather shellfish follow all the above rules. Pay attention to signs that tell you when food is not safe.  Cooking does not destroy toxins from shellfish.

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