Pregnant Women Can—and Should—Enjoy Sushi During Pregnancy!
Posted: Mar 14 2017
Pregnancy is a time during which moms-to-be are expected to give up some of the things they love, but sushi doesn’t have to be one of them. In fact, recent studies show that the benefits of eating sushi during pregnancy far outweigh any risks. In Japan (where they know a thing or two about sushi), eating raw fish is considered part of good neonatal nutrition. Sushi is commonly consumed during pregnancy in Japan.
Seafood contains essential nutrients and vitamins needed for growth and development of the baby. According to a recent report in Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in fish are essential fatty acids that must be consumed in the diet. Adequate consumption of omega-3s is vitally important during pregnancy as they are critical building blocks of the fetal brain and retina. Omega-3s may also play a role in determining the length of gestation and in preventing perinatal depression.
The most biologically active forms of omega-3 fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, which are primarily derived from marine sources such as seafood and algae. Recent surveys, however, indicate that pregnant women in the United States and in other countries eat little fish primarily due to concerns about safety and therefore do not consume enough omega-3s.
When it comes to sushi, safety begins at the source. Sushi should be made with only the freshest tuna available. Demand for Fish For Sushi’s all-natural tuna and sashimi is high thanks to its harvesting and freezing methods.
Caught using long line methods only, far out in Pacific waters to minimize impact on the environment and other species, Fish For Sushi’s bigeye, yellowfin, and bluefin tuna contain no artificial enhancements—no smoke treatments, no carbon monoxide treatments, no mercury and no additives. And, since it’s super-frozen on the tuna boats within hours of catch, there’s no chance of harmful bacteria accumulating, as the super-freezing process suspends the fish’s natural decomposition.
Within 20 hours post-catch, Fish For Sushi tuna is frozen to -76 F, and remains stored at -76 F until it's ready to be delivered to your door. Super-frozen tuna captures the freshness of the just-caught fish, with the added benefit of killing natural parasites found in all fresh fish.
When it’s delivered to your door, it’s delivered with all the freshness it had when it was first caught.
According to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, most seafood-related illnesses are due to shellfish—not fish. The risk of falling ill from seafood other than shellfish is 1 in 2 million compared to 1 in 25,000 from chicken.
Shopping for “sushi-grade” tuna at your local grocery or fish market offers no guarantees that the sushi fish you’re buying is safe. However, most sashimi vendors don’t want to make their customers sick, so they only apply “sushi-grade” labeling to their freshest cuts, but even those come with no guarantees regarding mercury levels, storage conditions or harmful additives used to make the fish appear fresher than it really may be.
There is a standard for food safety called Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 Certification provided by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a globally trusted, recognized and accepted food safety and quality program. SQF 2000 – Level 3 is the most stringent and highest-level certification awarded by the Institute.
Fish for Sushi is SQF Level 3 certified, which may seem surprising considering it’s ordered online and delivered to your home. SQF Level 3 Certification provides customers and consumers with peace of mind, knowing the product they are eating comes from a consistently safe and high quality source all the way through the food supply chain.
Once a customer orders our top quality super-frozen sashimi, it is vacuum-sealed and shipped at the precise temperature to ensure freshness upon delivery. We also send instructions for properly defrosting your super-frozen tuna. Your Fish for Sushi sashimi will arrive within 48 hours, super-frozen, ready to defrost and eat.
In Japan, where most tuna is consumed, 80 percent of the tuna served in homes and restaurants is super-frozen. It's simply the best method for delivering high quality tuna.
Conventional freezing methods typically require preservatives or other treatments to maintain or enhance the tuna’s color, due to the fact that tuna continues to oxidize under conventional freezing methods and will turn an unattractive brown color if additives are not used to enhance its appearance.
Food safety is a national priority, especially with the Food Safety Modernization Act being signed into law. Achieving this certification demonstrates that Fish For Sushi is committed to providing safe, high quality fresh seafood. Our food safety and quality systems are best in class. In addition, SQF Level 3 Certification demonstrates exemplary operations, leadership, and commitment to achieving excellence.
Currently, there is no scientific evidence linking pregnant women eating sushi with health risks to babies or complications with pregnancies. In fact, Dr. Amos Grunebaum, Director of Obstetrics and Chief of Labor & Delivery at Cornell Medical center, says sushi is fine to eat during pregnancy.It's still advised to speak to your doctor about your pregnancy diet, but widespread worries about sushi consumption in pregnancy seems completely overblown. Eating sushi can actually help your baby's brain development!