October is National Seafood Month and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing new educational materials on the food safety of fish.

FDA recommends eating fish as part of a healthy diet. However, they also encourage children and people who are or might become pregnant or breastfeeding to be careful and eat fish that are lower in mercury.

Why fish is nutritious:

Fish provide key nutrients that support a child’s brain development, such as:

  • Omega-3 (called DHA and EPA) and omega-6 fats
  • Iron
  • Choline
  • Iodine (during pregnancy)

Choline also supports the development of the baby’s spinal cord. Fish provide iron and zinc to support children’s immune systems. Fish are a source of other nutrients like protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium too.

FDA’s educational resources:

  • Two new PowerPoint slides

Eating Fish for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding and Eating Fish for Children slides for health educators to include in presentations, such as at conferences or in community settings.

  • Infographics 

Information about eating fish as part of a healthy diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding and for children.

Information about eating fish while pregnant and why including fish in children’s diets is important for their growth and development. Available in English, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

Includes sample messages about eating fish as part of a healthy eating pattern for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, along with newsletter text, infographics, and web badges.

  • Translations of the fish advice and fish names

Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese (PDF; XSLX).

The FDA/EPA advice about eating fish features a chart that describes dozens of healthy and lower mercury options. While it is important to limit mercury in the diets of those who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children, many types of fish are both nutritious and lower in mercury.

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