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Scientists urge U-turn on fish health warning in pregnancy

By Linda Stewart

Published 20/11/2012

Scientists in Coleraine have called for a U-turn on advice given to pregnant women about eating fish after research revealed it could be good for child development.

An international research project involving University of Ulster scientists suggests polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish could aid child development, adding to the evidence to show that specific nutrients in fish can boost brain development.

The discovery runs contrary to advice given in most countries advising pregnant women to limit their intake of fish. But the long- term research project points to a strong positive link between eating fish and neurodevelopment.

In light of the findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Professor Sean Strain, director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health, said dietary advice to women should be reviewed.

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