If you want smarter children, eat fish while you are pregnant and have them eat it too according to the NY Times.
We know that fish can help us stay healthier. Omega 3’s are common in certain fishes such as salmon and can help reduce inflammation as well as improve your cardiovascular health.
According to a new article published by the NY Times, eating seafood while you are pregnant is now associated with improved tests of mental skills in children.
This is based on an analysis published in the journal PLEFA that included 29 studies with 102,944 mother-child pairs, and 15 reports on 25,031 children under 18.
Their analysis found that mothers who ate more than 12 ounces of seafood a week had children with significantly higher verbal I.Q. scores. These findings were present in children as young as 14 months old.
While there are concerns with certain fishes that contain mercury, the study found that children whose mothers ate fishes such as swordfish and tuna had the same benefits without any harm done by the mercury-laden fish. This is a concern that had many women not eating fish while pregnant. ]
Apparently, the concern had little foundation and eating fish while pregnant, the benefits outweigh the risks.
Check out the article here
Why Children (and Pregnant Women) May Want to Eat More Fish
There is some evidence that eating fish may make children smarter.
By Nicholas Bakalar
Oct. 30, 2019
Does fish make children smarter? There is some evidence that it might.
In two reviews of data from 44 studies, researchers have concluded that eating seafood during pregnancy and childhood is associated with improved performance on tests of mental skills.
The analyses, published in the journal PLEFA, included 29 studies with 102,944 mother-child pairs, and 15 reports on 25,031 children under 18.
Almost all of the studies on seafood consumption during pregnancy and lactation reported beneficial outcomes for children, including five that found that compared to children of mothers who ate none, those whose mothers ate more than 12 ounces of seafood a week had significantly higher verbal I.Q. scores.