Latest research from Imperial College London suggests that ‘taking a daily fish oil capsule during pregnancy and the first few months of breastfeeding may reduce a baby's risk of food allergy’.
At Fish is the Dish towers we are regularly tweeting, posting and writing that we should all be eating seafood twice a week because of the health benefits that seafood contains. It has also been found that eating seafood whilst pregnant can boost mineral intakes, support the growth of muscle and bone in mums-to-be.
Seafood is full of omega-3 which is a 'good' fat that benefits our health in many ways and it’s essential we get enough from our diet as it can’t be made by our body.
Health benefits of Omega-3 include:
- playing a part in keeping the heart working normally
- helping to maintain levels of triglycerides in our blood, a type of fat in the blood, which when raised, increases our risk of heart disease
- helping to maintain normal blood pressure
- contributing to the maintenance of normal brain function and brain development in developing and newborn babies
- contributing to the maintenance of normal vision and normal eye development in developing and newborn babies
We should all be eating at least 140g of oily fish (one portion of cooked fish) but it is recommended that mums-to-be and breast-feeding mums should have no more than two portions a week.
Oily fish include mackerel, sardines, salmon, herring, trout, pilchards, anchovies, herring, sprats and whitebait.
To find out what you can and can’t eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding, check out our Fish is the Dish page.