Fish is a healthy food choice for people of all ages. It is good for heart health and is beneficial for brain function. It is especially good for women and children because it provides vitamin D, minerals, high-quality protein, healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids, and is low in saturated fats.
At the same time, some fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury which, if eaten often enough, may harm an unborn baby or young child's developing nervous system. Mercury is also stored in your body and can be released up to a year after consumption.
For that reason, it is important that everyone, especially women of childbearing age, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, make regular healthy fish choices.
Eat Fish for Health Flyer (8.19 MB, 2 pages)
Revised: Thursday February 20 2014