New advice on oily fish

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



(2004), "New advice on oily fish", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 34 No. 6.



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New advice on oily fish

The FSA has issued new advice on eating oily fish and, for the first time, is able to recommend maximum levels at which the health benefits of preventing heart disease clearly outweigh the possible risks from dioxins. Men and boys, and women past childbearing age or who cannot or are not intending to have children, can eat up to four portions of oily fish a week before the possible risks might start to outweigh the known health benefits. Girls and women who may become pregnant at some point in their lives can eat between one and two portions of oily fish a week to get the known health benefits whilst limiting any possible effects on any children that they may have in the future.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women can also eat between one and two portions of oily fish a week, and should do so, for as well as the health benefits to them, the long chain omega 3 fatty acids helps the neurological development of their babies. However, the Agency already advises, that shark, marlin, swordfish and large amounts of tuna should be avoided.

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