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But here's the catch-22. There’s also plenty of research that backs up the fact that eating fish as part of a balanced diet is very important, and that moms who ate two or more servings per week of low-mercury concentrated fish had children who did better developmentally than those that didn’t. Seafood is awesome from a nutrition standpoint: it’s rich in EPA (aka eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (aka docosahexaenoic acid), a type of long-chained omega-3 fatty acid and the building block of nerve tissues in the brain and eyes (which mostly develops in your childhood years), plus it’s high in protein and low in fat. So, all this mercury talk in no way means you should skip the surf options at your local eatery. “Since seafood is generally a
health food choice — it’s high in protein and essential nutrients — the best advice is to eat mostly fish that’s low in mercury,” says Sunderland.