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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 9 years ago

is it good for my 11month old baby to eat lots of fish?

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  • 9 years ago
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    I wouldn't. Fish can contain toxic pollutants like methylmercury and PCBs which are stored in the tissues. Larger fishes are higher in these chemicals due to a process called bioaccumulation, where the smaller fishes they eat contain some of the chemical then by eating lots they end up with lots of the chemical. So feeding your baby lots of fish means it may be exposed to higher levels of these chemicals.

    Melanson et al. (2005) Measurement of Organochlorines in Commercial Over-the-Counter Fish Oil Preparations: Implications for Dietary and Therapeutic Recommendations for Omega-3 Fatty Acids and a Review of the Literature. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: 129, No. 1, pp. 74-77: http://www.archivesofpathology.org/doi/abs/10.1043...

    Daly et al. (1996). Behavioral Effects of Prenatal and Adult Exposure To Toxic Chemicals Found in Lake Ontario Fish: Two Methodological Approaches Toxicol Ind Health 12: 419-426: http://tih.sagepub.com/content/12/3-4/419.short

    Ribas-Fitó et al (2001). Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and neurological development in children: a systematic review. J Epidemiol Community Health 55:537-546: http://jech.bmj.com/content/55/8/537.short

    Tollefson Cordle (1986). Methylmercury in fish: a review of residue levels, fish consumption and regulatory action in the United States. Environ Health Perspect. 1986 September; 68: 203–208: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC147425...

    Jacobsen and Jacobsen (2001). Developmental effects of PCBs in the fish eater cohort studies. In Robertson and Hansen (eds) PCBs: recent advances in environmental toxicology and health effects. http://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en&lr=&id=g9i7...

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  • Suzy Q
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    9 years ago

    Allergy to fish is common, and offering infants fish is associated with them developing this allergy. Recommendations on when to start offering a child fish range from at least 1 year old to at least 3 years old.

    So quite apart from vegetarian concerns (fish is not vegetarian, and you ARE in the Vegetarian and Vegan section) I would have to say no. Even if you absolutely want to start introducing fish into your infant's diet, you should do it slowly instead of feeding it 'lots of fish'.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Babies definately need the omega-3s and protein, since this is the stage in life where it's MOST vital they don't miss out on anything, but as said above fish contains lots of pollutants which are dangerous for someone young.

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  • Sawyer
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Fish is good for anybody, however, you don't want to give a child a lot of fish that's high in mercury.

    Here's a list of fish with the high and low mercury content...

    http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/f...

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  • 9 years ago

    You probably don't want to give a baby tuna every day, but in general, fish is good for you

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  • 9 years ago

    no, most fish is high in mercury. at most i would give a child fish once a month.

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  • leia
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    just make sure it has a balanced diet and talk to its dietitian and nutritionist

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