Harvard Mental Health Letter

Seafood and brain development

Balancing mercury exposure against the nutritional benefits of fish.

Periodically a public debate flares about how much fish a woman should consume if she is pregnant or nursing. In the fall of 2007, for example, some members of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition received a great deal of press attention after urging these women to eat more fish in order to nurture and protect their children's developing brains.

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