SAN DIEGO (March 30, 2015) – The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee encourages women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces – 2 to 3 servings – of fish each week. The advice, expected to be adopted and included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, comes at a time when seafood consumption is at an all-time low, especially among moms and moms-to-be. Bumble Bee Seafoods, North America’s premium seafood company, is partnering with leading nutrition consultants Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh of C&J Nutrition to spread the word about the new recommendations and educate consumers on the research behind it.
“There has been so much confusion about seafood over the last ten years but we’ve seen an enormous amount of research showing the importance of fish in the diet, especially for new and expectant mothers,” said Dave Melbourne, Bumble Bee senior vice president, consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility. “We’re thrilled to be starting these conversations with women to help them feel informed and confident about including more seafood in the meals they’re eating and serving their families.”
FDA research shows that, for pregnant and nursing women, eating fish regularly helps with the growth and development of children’s brains, even boosting IQ. Additionally, fish and shellfish are low in calories, generally low in saturated fat, an important source of protein, a predominant dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids and offer a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Bumble Bee is working with Stephanie and Willow to share the significant benefits of eating fish while adding clarity to the overall discussion of seafood consumption.
“Seafood consumption is at an all-time low and, as a dietitian and new mother, I understand the responsibility parents have to provide their children with the best nutrition for healthy growth and development,” said Stephanie Clarke. “We are so excited to partner with Bumble Bee to help teach parents about the benefits of seafood and provide simple, delicious ways to incorporate a variety of fish into families’ diets.”
According to 2014 FDA research, women can safely consume up to 67 ounces – 33 servings – of canned albacore each week. And, while fish can be intimidating to prepare for some, canned seafood is immediately ready to be added to any meal. Bumble Bee offers a wide variety of high-quality, affordable shelf-stable seafood products that are rich in protein, nutrients and omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids, including its Solid White Albacore, Wild Atlantic Salmon and Chunk Light Tuna. Visit BumbleBee.com for quick and easy recipes the whole family will enjoy.
About Bumble Bee Seafoods
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, headquartered in San Diego, is North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company, offering a full line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardine and specialty protein products marketed in the U.S. under leading brands including Bumble Bee®, Brunswick®, Snow’s®, Wild Selections® and Beach Cliff®, and in Canada under the Clover Leaf® brand. The company also produces premium fresh frozen seafood under the Bumble Bee SuperFresh™ line. Bumble Bee SuperFresh™ seafood is cleaned, cut and fresh frozen within hours, then chef prepared with high-quality all natural ingredients.
Bumble Bee’s mission is to provide healthy and nutritious products and meal solutions that are sourced sustainably. Bumble Bee is also a founding member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation — a first-of-kind initiative in the U.S. involving a coalition of retailers, non-profit organizations and food and beverage manufacturers with a mission to help reduce obesity, particularly childhood obesity. The company actively promotes the responsible stewardship of global fisheries resources and is a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — a global partnership of scientists, tuna processors and WWF, the global conservation organization.
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About C&J Nutrition
C&J Nutrition, PLLC, based in New York, is a nutrition communications and consulting firm providing food and nutrition advice to individuals, the food industry, and the media. Co-founded by registered dietitians Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh in 2006, the two are also contributing editors at SELF Magazine. C&J Nutrition has been quoted and written articles for numerous national publications including Parents, Glamour and The Huffington Post, and appeared on a variety of national, local and digital news shows including the Today Show, Fox and Friends, and Huffington Post Live.
C&J Nutrition’s mission is to share accurate and up-to-date nutrition information in the most understandable and delicious ways, making healthful eating more practical for everyone no matter what their lifestyle. For healthy eating inspiration, C&J posts regularly on Instagram under the name CJNutrition, and Twitter @CJNutrition, providing a glimpse into what they eat each day and offers daily healthy eating tips via Facebook. For more information, you can visit them at www.cjnutrition.com.