Clever kids eat fish

Why fish is good brain food for your child.

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The brain-boosting benefits of oily fish have long been recognised, but warnings about mercury levels may be stopping you from making it a regular fixture on your child’s dinner plate.

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However, a 10-year study from the University of Rochester in the US, based on the diets of 700 children, shows the benefits of eating oily fish, a good source of omega 3 essential fatty acids, far outweigh any risks. Although the fish eaten contained variable levels of mercury, tests on the children’s brains showed they were healthy.

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Professor Michael Morissey, director of the Oregon State University Seafood Laboratory, says, ‘Although young children and pregnant women should avoid eating shark, swordfish and Spanish mackerel, eating 12oz a week of a variety of fish is good for a healthy brain and eyesight.’

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