The updated, free app – Fish4Health –helps women track their intake of seafood, fish oil supplements, healthy fats and mercury. Based on the latest research, the app also contains information on fish species from across the country. The app is available in English, Spanish and traditional or simplified Chinese.
“Pregnant or nursing women should consume eight to 12 ounces of fish per week,” said Charles Santerre, professor of food toxicology and Purdue Extension specialist in the Department of Nutrition Science.
Also available online is an updated wallet card, with information about which commercial fish species are best to eat when women are expecting or nursing a baby. Recommendations on how much to eat are based on tests in Santerre’s lab for amounts of healthy fats, trace elements and heavy metals such as mercury.