HealthWatch: Low-Carb Diets, Eating Fish During Pregnancy

ON THE HEALTH WATCH NOW, MANY PEOPLE TURN TO LOW CARB DYE TO SHED SOME POUNDS BUT YOU MIGHT BE PUTTING YOUR LONG TERM HEALTH AT RISK ADDING A LOT OF VEGGIES INTO A LOW CARB DIET COULD OFFSET THOSE RISKS

DR MALLIKA MARSHALL IS HERE TONIGHT TO DISCUSS AND THIS IS A LOCAL STUDY Reporter: I CAN'T SEE YOU PAULA I'M SORRY NOT THROUGH THAT LARGE HEAD! [ LAUGHTER ] YOU KNOW IT'S ALL ABOUT ME

SO IT'S A LOCAL STUDY Reporter: IT IS AND THESE RESEARCHERS FOLLOWED MORE THAN 15,000 ADULTS OVER 25 YEARS AND THEY FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO TOOK IN ABOUT 50% OF THEIR CALORIES IN TERMS OF CARBOHYDRATES HAD THE LOWEST RISK OF PREMATURE DEATH HOWEVER, AMONG THE PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO EAT A LOW CARB DIET, THOSE WHO CHOSE ANIMAL BASED PROTEINS PRIMARILY, THEY HAD A HIGHER RISK OF PREMATURE DEATH WHERE THOSE WHO CHOSE PLANT BASED PROTEIN AND FATS LIKE VEGGIES, PEANUT BUTTER AND NUTS, AND WHOLE GRAIN BREADS HAD A LOWER RISK

SO IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE ON A LOW CARB DIET INCORPORATE SOME OF THOSE GOT TO HAVE YOUR VEGGIES AND ANOTHER REASON FOR PREGNANT WOMEN TO EAT FISH IT COULD OPTIMIZE YOUR BABY'S EYESIGHT AND BRAIN FUNCTION, BUT ALSO, THE QUESTION, HOW MUCH FISH ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? Reporter: IN THIS STUDY, WE ARE TALKING THREE SERVINGS A WEEK OR MORE

THAT'S A LOT THAT IS A LOT IT'S A LOT FOR US BUT THE STUDY WAS DONE IN FINLAND THEY TEND TO EAT A LOT MORE FISH

THEY LOOKED AT BABIES WHOSE MOMS TENDED TO EAT THE MOST FISH AND THEY TENDED TO DO BETTER ON VISION TEST IT IS THOUGHT TO BE DUE TO THE FATTY ACIDS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR NERVE CELLS INVOLVED IN EYESIGHT AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NEURONS AND BRAIN CELLS PREGNANT WOMEN ARE CURRENTLY ENCOURAGED TO EAT SOME FISH IN THEIR DIET BUT THEY'RE TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM FISH HIGH IN MERCURY SALMON AND TUNA? Reporter: SALMON IS PRETTY GOOD TALK TO YOUR PRENATAL PROVIDER

FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH FISH TO EAT FUN FACT, LIAM'S ANCESTORS ARE FROM FINLAND AND APPARENTLY, THEY HAVE BIG HEADS

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