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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF CONSUMING, ARE CONSUMING, OR HAVE COMSUMED METHYLMERCURY IN FISH DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is methylmercury in fish?

Mercury is a chemical element that exists as exists as part of various chemical compounds. Methylmercury is a type of organic mercury compound. Resulting mostly from industrial pollution of bodies of water, organic mercury is the most toxic type of mercury and it contaminates fish in particular. Amounts of methylmercury vary between different types of fish, and the risk of mercury contamination must be weighed against established benefits of eating seafood while pregnant. These benefits result from the presence of healthy fats and high quality protein in fish, so the trick is to choose the safest fish and to eat them in optimal amounts.


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