iPhone app helps pregnant women track fish intake

August 8, 2014

An iPhone app from Purdue University can help women who are pregnant or nursing safely eat seafood, a good source of nutrients for babies but also the subject of concern about ingesting mercury and other contaminants. The updated, free app—Fish4Health—helps women track their intake of seafood, fish oil supplements, healthy fats, and mercury.

“Pregnant or nursing women should consume eight to 12 oz of fish per week,” said Charles Santerre, Professor of Food Toxicology and Purdue Extension Specialist in the Department of Nutrition Science. Santerre created the app, which is available at iTunes and Purdue Extension's The Education Store.

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. The app and card are part of an educational effort funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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