Expecting? FILL UP ON FISH
A study in the journal Pediatric Research found that mums-to-be who ate three portions of fatty fish a week, such as salmon and tinned tuna, gave birth to children who did better on visual tests at two years old than those whose mums ate two portions or less. Lead researcher Kirsi Laitinen says the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish help shape the nerve cells relevant to eyesight and form the synapses that transport messages around the nervous system. However, to keep mercury intake low, avoid swordfish, deep sea perch, flake, marlin and catfish.