Wednesday, July 16, 2014

16/07/2014: Methylmercury in seafood in European diets - Risks versus benefits of fish and shellfish consumption

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies has issued a Scientific Opinion which concludes that "... consumption of about 1‑2 servings of seafood per week and up to 3‑4 servings per week during pregnancy has been associated with better functional outcomes of neurodevelopment in children compared to no consumption of seafood. 

Such amounts have also been associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease mortality in adults and are compatible with current intakes and recommendations in most of the European countries considered. These associations refer to seafood per se and include beneficial and adverse effects of nutrients and non-nutrients (i.e. including contaminants such as methylmercury) contained in seafood.  

Read more HERE.

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