Health & Fit Eat fish during pregnancy three times a week, but no more!

04:30  18 march  2020
04:30  18 march  2020 Source:   terrafemina.com

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Mangez du poisson pendant la grossesse trois fois par semaine, mais pas plus ! © Provided by Cover Media Eat fish during pregnancy three times a week, but no more!

A new study has shown that eating fish during pregnancy can reduce the risk of the baby developing heart disease and diabetes later in life. Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine found that children whose mothers ate fish one to three times a week during pregnancy were more likely to have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a variety of health conditions, such as hypertension and high blood sugar, excess fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, which increase the risk of heart disease, stroke cerebral (stroke) and type 2 diabetes.

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However, Dr. Leda Chatzi, the study's lead investigator, said that fish should be eaten safely and in moderation.

"Pregnant women should stick to one to three servings of fish per week as recommended, and not eat more, due to the potential contamination of fish with mercury and other persistent organic pollutants", a she explained.

Although fish are an important source of omega-3 fatty acids, certain types of fish, including swordfish and mackerel, may contain high levels of mercury, which has been shown in previous studies to be cause neurological damage.

This study followed more than 800 women and children from five European countries who were asked about their consumption of fish during their pregnancy.

Children of women who ate fish one to three times a week had lower scores for metabolic syndrome than children of women who ate fish less than once a week.

However, the benefit decreased if women ate fish more than three times a week.

"It is possible that when women eat fish more than three times a week, this exposure to pollutants may offset the beneficial effects of fish consumption observed at lower absorption levels," said one author. study, Nikos Stratakis.

The study was published in JAMA Network Open.

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