Determining optimal seafood consumption

New research from France has found that the ideal amount of fish to eat in a week for adults is 181-213g/week (equal to 2 portions) of oily fish and 26-72g/week (equal to one portion) of lean fish, molluscs and crustaceans.

Seafood provides many nutrients such as fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals which are essential for a healthy diet. However, fish is also a source of contaminants (e.g. methylmercury, arsenic and persistent organic pollutants) which may have a negative effect on health. The goal of the study was to determine the optimum quantity of seafood which should be consumed per week to optimise nutrient intake but limit exposure to contaminants. The findings are in line with healthy eating recommendations. However, in most cases consumption of only one portion of oily fish is recommended per week.

Read more about the research on the EUFIC website. Read more about the benefits of eating fish.

Posted: 16/07/2012 14:57:51 by Barbara Whelan


 

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