Michigan fish advisory http://michiganradio.org en Pregnant women need to eat more fish, say FDA and EPA http://michiganradio.org/post/pregnant-women-need-eat-more-fish-say-fda-and-epa <p>The government wants pregnant women to eat more fish. Yesterday the FDA and EPA issued <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm">new draft advice</a> that urges pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat at least eight to twelve ounces of fish a week.</p><p>The update comes 10 years after the last recommendation, which didn't specify a minimum.</p><p>The FDA is worried that fears over mercury levels in seafood have kept many pregnant women from getting enough of the nutritional value needed for their babies.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:49:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17961 at http://michiganradio.org Pregnant women need to eat more fish, say FDA and EPA Women making healthier decisions at seafood counter http://michiganradio.org/post/women-making-healthier-decisions-seafood-counter <p></p><p></p><p>Over the last decade, women have switched to making much healthier choices at the seafood counter.</p><p>First, let's make it clear: fish is healthful food.</p><p>But, fish can contain traces of mercury, some fish more than others. And to make sure you don’t consume too much of that toxin, you need to know which fish have heavier loads of mercury.</p><p>Why?</p><p>Because mercury is a toxic contaminant that can cause neurological damage. For women who could have children or who are pregnant, too much mercury could mean developmental problems for their babies.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 15532 at http://michiganradio.org Women making healthier decisions at seafood counter State adds to fish warnings this year http://michiganradio.org/post/state-adds-fish-warnings-year <p>The new Michigan Fish Advisory is out.&nbsp; The advisory lists which Great Lakes fish are fairly safe to eat, and which should be avoided.</p><p>In general, blue gill, crappie, yellow perch and rock bass are safer to eat than fish like carp, lake trout, white fish, and catfish.</p><p>Women of child-bearing age and children have to be especially cautious about eating too many fish, because chemicals in fish can potentially cause neurological damage.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:31:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3256 at http://michiganradio.org