A few weeks ago the Spanish Ministry of Health warned about the high mercury content in tuna , not recommending its consumption in a moderate way, neither in children, nor in pregnant or lactating women.
In particular, it is not advisable to consume Red tuna neither in children under 3 years of age nor in pregnant and lactating women, according to the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN).
Until now, the AESAN recommended a consumption not greater than 100 grams of tuna in children under 3 years of age as well as in pregnant women. But finally it has decided not to recommend its consumption.
Tuna and mercury
The existence of mercury in tuna it is mainly due to the fact that these are special large ones which, located at the top of the sea food chain, tend to accumulate mercury in its fatty tissues, which absorb most of its prey in its most toxic form (methylmercury).
This metal, generated mainly by industrial activity, is then ingested by man.
Consequences of tuna consumption with mercury
It is known that the consumption of tuna with mercury It can cause serious alterations in the neuronal development of the fetus and of young children.
For this reason, it is not advisable or advisable to consume tuna in pregnant women or in young children, especially in children under 3 years of age.
Yes, the AESAN recommends the consumption of this fish in children from 3 to 12 years, but as long as they do not exceed 50 grams a week.
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