Researchers at the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) are finding that the consumption of most types of local fish by pregnant women is not likely to harm a baby’s development. In fact, Dr. Marla Berry, Chair of JABSOM Cellular and Molecular Biology, believes avoiding fish short-changes mom and baby on important nutrients. The research by Berry, along with JABSOM’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, is finding that the chemical element selenium in fish offsets the impact of mercury. It was the mercury content which led to dietary guidelines regarding seafood for pregnant women.
JABSOM’s research is ongoing, but results so far are described by Dr. Berry in news reports from Hawai’i News Now and the Channel 2 News, linked here.