On Thursday, responding to new seafood consumption guidelines issued for pregnant women by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), David Martosko, Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, said that the Environmental Protection Agency and many “green” groups owe mothers and their babies an apology for their fear-mongering about fish.
The new recommendation from nutrition scientists is that pregnant and breast-feeing mothers should eat not less than 12 ounces of fish per week to ensure optimal brain development of their fetus or baby. Experts also acknowledged recently that not a single viable case of fetal toxicity from mercury-containing fish eaten by a pregnant woman has ever surface.
“It’s about time the pendulum on fish and mercury swung back in the direction of common sense. For generations, fish has been ‘brain food’ to moms and their kids. But about ten years ago, it started receiving the skull-and-crossbones treatment from moneyed environmental groups and government agencies jumping the gun on unresolved science…Fear of fish is a great example of hyper-precaution leading us in the wrong direction…Serious science clearly doesn’t support the prevailing panic, and we’re glad to see mainstream nutrition experts telling moms that the Great Mercury Scare belongs in the dustbin of history,” said Martosko in his comments.
The myths surrounding the eating of fish with only trace amounts of mercury in it including claims that diet causes autism in children, and the modern diet is to blame for the recent surge in diagnosed cases of autistics (both of those ideas about the causes of autism have failed to live up to scientific scrutiny).
The omega-3 fatty acids that are found in oily fish and in seafood in general have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease while also helping to balance blood pressure and reduce arrhythmias of the heart.
Additionally, researchers have found evidence that the old adage about fish being “brain food” is more than just old wives’ tales: the omega-3 fatty acids do seem to have a real effect on stimulating the growth and energy of neurons, the specialized cells of the brain which scientists have now shown, contrary to old “conventional wisdom”, continue to grow and be replaced throughout the entirety of one’s adult life. There is good evidence that a diet rich in the fatty acids can improve memory and concentration and stave off brain degeneration.
Some research even suggests that omega-3 fatty acids cut the risk of prostate and skin cancers and can help balance people’s moods, including some people who have violent tempers or even bipolar disorders.
Center for Consumer Freedom (PR Newswire), “Consumer Group Statement on Seafood and Health: ‘We Told You So’ “