Research shows pregnant women should eat fish

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee encourages women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces – 2 to 3 servings – of fish each week. The advice, expected to be adopted and included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, comes at a time when seafood consumption is at an all-time low, especially among moms and moms-to-be. Bumble Bee Seafoods, North America’s premium seafood company, is partnering with leading nutrition consultants Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh of C&J Nutrition to spread the word about the new recommendations and educate consumers on the research behind it.

“There has been so much confusion about seafood over the last 10 years, but we’ve seen an enormous amount of research showing the importance of fish in the diet, especially for new and expectant mothers,” said Dave Melbourne, Bumble Bee’s senior vice president of consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility. “We’re thrilled to be starting these conversations with women to help them feel informed and confident about including more seafood in the meals they’re eating and serving their families.”

FDA research shows that, for pregnant and nursing women, eating fish regularly helps with the growth and development of children’s brains, even boosting IQ. Additionally, fish and shellfish are low in calories, generally low in saturated fat, an important source of protein, and a predominant dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, these foods offer a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Bumble Bee is working with Stephanie and Willow to share the significant benefits of eating fish while adding clarity to the overall discussion of seafood consumption.

“Seafood consumption is at an all-time low and, as a dietitian and new mother, I understand the responsibility parents have to provide their children with the best nutrition for healthy growth and development,” said Stephanie. “We are so excited to partner with Bumble Bee to help teach parents about the benefits of seafood and provide simple, delicious ways to incorporate a variety of fish into families’ diets.”

According to 2014 FDA research, women can safely consume up to 67 ounces – 33 servings – of canned albacore each week. And, while fish can be intimidating to prepare for some, canned seafood is immediately ready to be added to any meal. Bumble Bee offers a wide variety of high-quality, affordable shelf-stable seafood products that are rich in protein, nutrients, and omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids, including its Solid White Albacore, Wild Atlantic Salmon, and Chunk Light Tuna. Visit BumbleBee.com for quick and easy recipes the whole family will enjoy.

 

Source: Bumble Bee Seafoods; C&J Nutrition, cjnutrition.com

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