Ex­pect­ing? FILL UP ON FISH

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - B + S -

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.

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