High-seafood diets linked to exposure to 'Forever Chemicals'

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A recent study has revealed that regular consumption of seafood may increase the risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals known as PFAS, or "forever chemicals." These toxins have been linked to a variety of health issues, including cancer, high cholesterol, and reproductive disorders. The study, conducted in New Hampshire, found that shrimp and lobster had the highest levels of PFAS compounds among commonly consumed seafood.

The survey also showed that residents of New Hampshire consume more seafood than the national average, particularly men and children. Researchers emphasized the need for more consumer-friendly recommendations regarding seafood consumption, as well as the establishment of stricter public health guidelines.

Experts agree that pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of excessive seafood consumption. PFAS exposure during pregnancy and early childhood can have lasting impacts on health and development. It is recommended that these populations limit their intake of certain types of seafood to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals.

In terms of safer seafood choices, the Food and Drug Administration recommends sticking to varieties such as cod, crab, salmon, and shrimp, while avoiding high-mercury fish like king mackerel and swordfish. It is also important to pay attention to the species of fish consumed, as some have lower mercury levels than others.

Overall, the findings of this study underscore the importance of balancing the benefits of seafood consumption with the potential risks posed by exposure to harmful chemicals. Establishing clear public health guidelines and raising awareness about the risks associated with certain types of seafood are crucial steps towards protecting the health of the general population.


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