Seafood consumption key to pregnancy nutrition

Seafood and Pregnancy

I read articles about seafood every day. I am always amazed to find out new information that is yet to be shared with my dear customers. From now on I will share with you what is worth reading, everything you should know and everything you should ignore about seafood. I am determined that all the myths and misconceptions about seafood will be cleared once and for all, at least for whom will read my humble blog:)

At our little seafood market, people ask me all kinds of questions and I get carried away every time we strike a conversation. This is a place hopefully I will be allowed to be carried away:)

As for today’s subject, I cannot be happier to share this with you. As many of my customers know, I was recently pregnant and had our baby the week before opening of the store. I always say I have twins. In fact our store and our son growing together, we just celebrated my twins 2nd birthday:)

Having been recently pregnant, naturally any article that is about babies or pregnancy still catches my attention. My husband was adamant about feeding me seafood during my pregnancy and as a result, I was very healthy and so was the baby. Our son started eating seafood and all solids when he was only 6 months old. So I know that it is a good choice when it comes to healthy eating during pregnancy. But don’t just take my word for it, see below article that just came out on Seafood Source about seafood consumption during pregnancy. Make a wise choice and introduce your baby seafood early on, like I did. You will not regret it..Read on..

“An inter-governmental nutrition meeting concluded that seafood consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding provides essential nutrients that act as building blocks for brain and eye development.

The International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), an inter-governmental nutrition meeting between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) held in Rome this week, is focusing on strategies to improve global nutrition.

“A focus on maternal and early childhood nutrition is in step with the latest recommendations we’re seeing across global health organizations,” said Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, a Registered Dietitian for the U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute (NFI). “Pregnant women, especially in the U.S., aren’t eating nearly enough to realize the benefits.”

“The science is clear,” said John Connelly, president of NFI. “Seafood during pregnancy and breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby from a nutrition standpoint, and communicating that to these populations is essential.”

However, policymakers like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) need to ensure their message doesn’t focus on expensive, exotic and unavailable varieties of seafood, Connelly said. “More and more we see world nutrition bodies delivering realistic, understandable messaging that benefits populations that might have limited food options. It is important that FDA follow this model.”

The ICN2 conference occurred one month after the Committee on World Food Security made a key recommendation in its report, encouraging the consumption of fish especially by pregnant and breastfeeding women. In June, the FDA released a draft update of its own advice to pregnant women on eating seafood.”

Until next time..

Stay healthy and eat more seafood…

Seafood consumption key to pregnancy nutrition