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Mercury Levels in Seafood

Mercury occurs naturally in the environment. It is present in the air, water and food. Fish absorb it from the water as it passes over their gills and from the food they eat. 🐟 Fish is an important part of a healthy diet. Some of the health benefits include:

▫️High in protein ▫️Low in saturated fat ▫️High in saturated fats ▫️High in omega-3 oils 🐟 The unborn baby is most sensitive to the effects of mercury, particularly during the third and fourth months of gestation. 🐟 Pregnant women, women planning a pregnancy and young children up to 6 years should avoid consumption of fish that contain high levels of mercury

🐟 Remember, the level of mercury in most fish is very low and in Australia regulations are in place that set a limit on the amount of mercury that can be present. 2-3 serves per week can be safely consumed.

Bec Tippett
Accredited Practising Dietitian
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