For You Ladies With Questions About Tuna

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pbj - June 8

I just found this, it's a new study that suggests pregnant women should not eat tuna at all. Thought you ladies may like to read it. I ate small amounts while pregnant, but now it's suggested you shouldn't. Here's the link, remember to remove the dashes: http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/chi-060605tuna,0,1826021.story?coll=ny-leadnationalnews-headlines

 

HannahBaby - June 8

your link doesnt work. I eat Tuna in small amounts, about one sandwhich once a week. I just have such a hard time with everything like that (hotdogs, tuna, lunch meat) Our parents ate all of the above, and their parents even smoked and drank. I know that we have come along way and have made advances to help us along the way, but it gets confusing because some doctors say tuna, lunch meat, and hotdogs are all ok in moderation, while others say they are totally off limits. If i eat hotdogs they are few and far between and heated to 180, and i dont eat more than 6oz of tuna a week.

 

Jennifer28 - June 8

Keep in the dash here: "chi-060605tuna". I think I'll take their advice and just avoid it until after I give birth. Thanks for the heads up, pbj!

 

HannahBaby - June 8

The FDA and the tuna industry questioned the new advice for pregnant women, saying their own review of government tests show there is no reason to doubt the safety of canned tuna. FDA officials said they don't plan to warn the public that some cans of light tuna contain high amounts of mercury because the average level of mercury in canned light tuna remains low. "We stand behind our advice," said David Acheson, the agency's chief medical officer. "What we're striving to do is to strike a balance between the benefits of eating fish and the harmful effects of mercury." Im going to agree with the FDA, this is one persons finding.

 

HannahBaby - June 8

"The FDA and the tuna industry questioned the new advice for pregnant women, saying their own review of government tests show there is no reason to doubt the safety of canned tuna." FDA officials said they don't plan to warn the public that some cans of light tuna contain high amounts of mercury because the average level of mercury in canned light tuna remains low. "We stand behind our advice," said David Acheson, the agency's chief medical officer. "What we're striving to do is to strike a balance between the benefits of eating fish and the harmful effects of mercury."

 

Been There - June 8

I just limit my intake to no more than 6 oz per week. And that's once every 6 weeks. There are new studies all the time, like the one that linked tomatoes to cancer. I just think moderation is key in anything.

 

Jennifer28 - June 9

As long as we're quoting the article... "The chance that canned tuna will contain high levels of mercury is great enough that pregnant women should never eat it, according to new recommendations from a leading consumer group... Health experts agree that eating fish is good for most people. But there are concerns that mercury and other pollutants can offset the benefits... It is unclear if a single meal of high-mercury seafood could damage a fetus. Consumers Union, though, concluded that enough experts think the developing brain is so sensitive to mercury that caution should prevail. 'This is important information that women need to hear,' said Jean Halloran, the director of food policy at Consumers Union and a member of an FDA advisory panel on mercury in seafood. 'We think that high exposures, even for a day or two, could be too much of a risk.' "... I agree Been There - moderation is definitely the key. But, if they printed a report today that said I needed to quit eating tomatoes while pregnant, I would quit eating them. But, I am also extraordinarily cautious b/c I m/c my first pregnancy so I think paranoia gets the best of me sometimes. :o)

 

mandee25 - June 9

I haven't eaten tuna since I discovered I was pregnant.

 

Been There - June 10

Jennifer28, I've done the same thing with other foods. Avoided them. I think it's all been based on what information my doctor provided about what I could or could not eat. When they said no nitrates, which means no hotdogs, man-made lunchmeats and sausage that is man-made, I just gave them completely up. I refuse to even look at them. No more hotdogs and beans or Italian hoagies. The funny thing is, no one said anything about hotdogs or nitrates with my last two pregnancies and I ate hotdogs and hoagies the entire time. My daughters are fine. But I guess each time you get new information, you have to consider it may be true. I'd rather err on the side of being cautious than be sorry later.

 

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