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Fish and Pregnant Women

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Susan Schneider changed her diet and started eating healthier when she got pregnant. "It's really hard and I gave up caffeine and I used to drink five cups a day."

She also tries to eat fish when she can. "Fish is good for the baby."

The Food and Drug Administration recommends pregnant women eat up to 12 ounces of fish per week which can include some small amounts of canned tuna. But Consumer Reports did its own analysis and they're telling pregnant women to avoid tuna completely. Jean Halloran is the Director of Food and Product Safety for Consumer Reports. "Tuna can have some very high mercury levels including canned tuna."

Consumer Reports says the problem is that mercury levels in canned tuna can vary so you don't know what you're getting.

Most canned tuna is safe but the FDA's own  research found 20% of cans tested actually had high levels of mercury. The FDA is holding by its recommendations and tells CBS News the Consumer Reports analysis is limited in that it focuses exclusively on the mercury levels in fish without considering the known positive nutritional benefits attributed to fish.

Consumer Reports says there are plenty of fish besides tuna that are better options for pregnant women. Low mercury fish include wild salmon, shrimp, sardines, tilapia and scallops. The group believes these fish can give pregnant women the health benefits without the risk.

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