Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - MEDICAL Q&A -

I’m con­cerned about the mer­cury lev­els my son might be con­sum­ing. He loves seafood and eats salmon most days for lunch at school. Can you eat too much fish? M.V. It’s good that your son likes to eat seafood, be­cause the omega-3 healthy fat con­tent and pro­tein are ben­e­fi­cial for his de­vel­op­ment. Smaller fish, such as salmon, are less likely to con­tain high lev­els of mer­cury than larger fish, such as sword­fish; how­ever, they can con­tain some mer­cury. Un­born ba­bies and chil­dren up to six years of age are most vul­ner­a­ble to the toxic ef­fects of mer­cury. You could in­tro­duce other pro­tein sources, such as eggs, tofu or chicken, to his diet for va­ri­ety.

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