For years, expectant mothers have been told that a small amount of canned light tuna can be part of a healthy diet.
Now, consumer reports is telling moms-to-be to skip the tuna all together.
They say you are want you eat, which can leave expectant mothers with a lot to consider.
Now, those waters may have just gotten murkier.
Consumer reports is going against FDA recommendations and saying moms-to-be should skip canned light tuna.
“Our message regarding tuna to pregnant women is don’t bother. The chances of you getting a can or even a piece of tuna that’s high in mercury is there,” Dr. Urvashi Rangan said.
But Consumer Reports says pregnant women and children should avoid fish like tuna that are high in mercury. Consumer Reports’ food-safety experts say tuna accounts for 40 percent of our mercury exposure, most of that from canned tuna.
“In general it’s confusing to know what’s really good for you and what’s not good for you anymore,” said Dr. Rangan.
“To be safe, Consumer Reports recommends that pregnant women not eat any tuna at all,” Crupain said. “Children and anyone who eats a lot of fish should really limit the amount of tuna they eat.”
So what are alternatives for people who want more fish in their diet? Consumer Reports recommends fish like wild Alaskan salmon, shrimp, sardines, tilapia, scallops, oysters and squid.