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January 24, 2008

ok, maybe i'll have the salad

All this scary health news has dragged us out of a months-long blogless inertia. Among the disturbing health findings this week is a new study reporting that one and a half cups of coffee daily can double your miscarriage risk in early pregnancy, much less than previously thought. And then there's the NYT exposé on mercury in tuna sushi (login required).

Tests of tuna from twenty purveyors (high end restaurants and stores) produced such high mercury ratings that a good 1/3 of the fish could have been seized by the FDA. According to the readings, a single plate of tuna sashimi could exceed your maximum recommended mercury intake for a week. And that's not counting the yellowtail app or the toro scallion hand roll that finishes up the meal.

Mercury quotas are calculated for adults. My four year old is crazy for tuna sushi. I've been letting him have a piece or two every month or so, thinking how much mercury could be in one little piece? So much for that. Even a bite seems questionable when you're thirty-seven pounds.

I've been pretty tuna-avoidant for the past five years since I've been pregnant or nursing most of the time. Even when we went to Masa, I only got a half portion of the toro parfait. But we're a sushi-loving family... I can't just blow the whole thing off. I try to consult the NRDC's incredibly useful mercury in sushi chart when I can, often while sitting at the table (thank you, iphone).

And Sara Kate of The Kitchen (a fellow recent gestator herself) just wrote about Kona Kampachi, Hawaiian yellowtail that's supposedly toxin-free. I've got high hopes... and a lot of post-post-pregnancy cravings that need sating.

by rebecca at 10:25 AM
in breastfeeding | health | pregnancy


Yes, this is scary, I must admit.
The tuna, I don't have to worry about so much because I don't eat fish, therefore my daughter doesn't get it very often either.

However, we've been trying for over 1 1/2 years for a second child and I do love my coffee. I did try cutting it out all together for a few months there and still no luck. After hearing this study, I will be going back to boring old decaf land until we eventually succeed (fingers crossed).

comment by Multi-Tasking Mommy at January 24, 2008 1:03 PM

I love sushi, and when I was pregnant I eat only the sushi without the fish.

comment by baby girl at January 25, 2008 10:16 AM

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