Young moms often agonize over what to feed their children. As kids make the transition from breast or bottle, many questions linger over what is right for them and what is good for them.
Fish Food is Brain Food
An increasing number of studies show a link between brain and nervous system development and the consumption of fish and the Omega 3 oils contained within. These studies also show a link between the absence of these fatty acids and developmental and behavioural problems later in life such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
However, there are also horror stories of fish coming over the border and testing positive for Malachite Green, buckets of antibiotics being dumped in some salmon fish farm, and questionable water quality from both farms and industrialized areas.
So – how does a new mom balance concerns over giving her child a developmental leg up and concerns over the wholesomeness of the fish she’s feeding her child?
The answer is buying fish from reputable sources. Countries like New Zealand and Australia have very good regulatory policies in place. From sustainability to handling, transport, testing, and certification issues – the oversight is there.
4 Tips for Choosing the Right Fish
1. Fish that are high in Omega fatty acids are a good choice including salmon, smaller mackerel, and sardines.
2. Avoid large fish. While tuna and swordfish may have the right oils, they may alsocontain mercury. Large fish take time to get to that size and even fish living in clean seasabsorb naturally occurring heavy metals which then reside in their fatty tissues. Tuna isnot recommended for small children, pregnant or nursing mothers.
3. Choose fish from the cleanest environments. We at South Stream recommend fishfrom the South Island of New Zealand and Antarctica.
4. Try to find boneless fish. Care has to be taken when preparing fish for infants. An errantbone can at best be off putting for the child and at worst dangerous if caught inthe throat. We recommend fish be mashed and checked visually; as well as by feel withyour fingers.
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