Michelle Southern reporting.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association says they are excited to announce the findings of a new report from the Food and Drug Administration encouraging pregnant women to eat more seafood.
LRA spokeswoman Wendy Waren says the new advice is based on extensive peer-reviewed science that looks at fish as a whole food.
"Considering the benefits as well as any theoretical risks. The results clearly state that fish during pregnancy has a positive impact on growth and development of the baby," said Waren.
Waren says the new advice recommends pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces, or two servings, of seafood per week.
She says in the past, mercury levels in seafood were highly scrutinized when it came to pregnancy.
"But the new FDA guidelines include a chart of the actual mercury levels which are really low in much of the seafood that you eat," said Waren.
Waren says Omega 3's that are found in seafood improves overall baby development and brain health. She says they are glad to see this advice indicating fish as a whole food is good for you.
Waren says it's good for the Louisiana seafood industry that language in previous FDA guidelines has been cleared up.
"That was really something in this new advice the industry had previously tried to overcome," said Waren. "Because it was confusing and it made moms-to-be shy away from eating seafood at all."