Who should eat what?
Not everyone is at the same risk when eating fish from polluted bodies of water. Children, infants, pregnant women, nursing women, and women who may become pregnant are the most vulnerable.
When choosing fish to eat, pick ones with fewer pollutants and use this chart for serving recommendations!
Infants and children under 15 years old:
Children’s bodies are still developing, and they take in nutrients and pollutants in their food and drink more rapidly than adult bodies do. Plus, their bodies are smaller, meaning it takes less of a pollutant to have a negative effect on their health.
Pregnant and nursing women:
Developing fetuses are susceptible to anything harmful eaten or inhaled by the mother. A pollutant can pass from the mother to the baby before the baby is even born. Some pollutants can pass from mother to her baby through breastmilk, so it is important for nursing mothers to avoid pollutants too.
Women of childbearing age (15-44 years old):
Many of the pollutants we are exposed to stay in our bodies for a long time, and even if a woman is not currently pregnant, if she were to become pregnant, her fetus would still be at risk to those pollutants already in her body.