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Monday, December 18, 2017

DEC 18, 2017 - 8:13 AM ET - FISH

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"To catch seafood is work, to seafood and eat seafood is a delight to my pallet."

Forrest Caricofe

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WHAT'S ON MY MIND TODAY

**Most of you that have read my blogs know that I like to eat fish. But I've just

discovered that not all fish are good for you because of the mercury levels in a 

particular fish. From https://www.ewg.org/:

"Calculations are based on 4 oz. serving size:

EWG'S BEST BETS!

Very High Omega-3s, Low Mercury, Sustainable (meaning that the following 

fish are not being threatened by over fishing).

SALMON-9%. Best Choice: Wild Alaska. I read this article before going to 

Walmart where I bought 1 can of Alaska wild caught salmon and about 4 

packages of salmon that was on sale for a high price. High price for me that is 

and a 4 pound bag of frozen salmon plastic-ed wrapped in individual pieces. 

SARDINES-14%. Best Choice: Pacific. My favorite sardine is King Oscar caught 

"from Norway’s pristine, icy fjords and coastal waters" and not Pacific caught.  

MUSSELS-5%. Best Choice: Farmed. I eat Roland (named after my brother, you 

know better than that) mussels, a product of Denmark. On the glass jar it says 

it's from a fishery, so I believe it's from a farm fishery.

RAINBOW TROUT-9%. Best Choice: Farmed. Expensive!

ATLANTIC MACKEREL-7%. Best Choice: Not Trawled (fish with a trawl net or 

seine). I have several varieties of mackerel here, but they're still waiting for me to 

eat. I remember the last time I ate mackerel, it tasted terrible.

CATEGORY SPECIES WEEKLY MERCURY SUSTAINABILITY CONCLUSION:

GOOD CHOICES:

High Omega-3s, Low Mercury.

POLLOCK / IMITATION CRAB-10%. Good Alternative*

CATEGORY SPECIES WEEKLY MERCURY SUSTAINABILITY CONCLUSION:

LOW MERCURY:

But Also Low Omega-3s:

SHRIMP-5%. Variable*

TILAPIA-3%. Best Choice: Equador, U.S., Canada. I bought a large bag of tilapia

at Walmart yesterday, now knowing that it is low in omega-3s.

CATFISH-3%. Best Choice: Farmed U.S.

SCALLOPS-7%.  Good Alternative.*

PANGASIUS:

(Swai, Basa, Tra)-3%. Good Alternative.

CLAMS-5%. Best Choice.

CATEGORY SPECIES WEEKLY MERCURY SUSTAINABILITY 

CONCLUSION:

MERCURY RISKS ADD UP:

Pregnant Women And Children Should Limit Or Avoid:

CANNED LIGHT TUNA-21%. Variable.*




Credit https://pinterest.com/dadbriley/tuna-fish/

I know a lot of people who eat canned tuna, thinking because it's in a small can,

it's a small fish. You can see from above that that tuna has lived a long life, is 

very large and contains plenty of mercury. 

FLATFISH: 

(Plaice, Sole, Flounder) 21%-Good Alternative*

CATEGORY SPECIES WEEKLY MERCURY SUSTAINABILITY 

CONCLUSION:

AVOID:

Mercury Levels Too High To Eat Regularly:

ORANGE ROUGHY-98%. Avoid.*

SHARK-152%. Avoid.*

SWORDFISH-153%. Variable*

*Sustainability ratings for this species vary based on the location and method of 

harvest. Get details from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch® 

program.  Last update as of September 15, 2014.

Fresh is best: improve your diet with a colourful and varied selection of fruit and 

vegetables." By Saffron Alexander. 

https://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-s-consumer-guide-seafood/why-eat-

seafood-and-how-much#.WjaiHd-nHIU





Photo: (c) MachineHeadz 

Mercury does't just come from fish, it also comes from the environment we're 

living in. A word of caution:

"Mercury poisoning is the result of exposure to mercury, a heavy metal that’s 

seriously toxic to our health. Numerous studies have shown that high exposure 

to mercury changes and poisons the central nervous system, which can result in 

irritability, fatigue, behavioral changes, tremors, headaches, hearing and 

cognitive loss, hallucinations and even death. Mercury exposure can also 

negatively affect the cardiovascular system, causing high blood pressure in 

humans and animals."

I you want to know more about how to rid your body of mercury and other 

detailed things about mercury poisoning go to:

https://draxe.com/mercury-poisoning/.

It seems I get wiser with age and the internet, of course, now knowing after a 

long life what fish, my favorite meat, to eat. And I'll continue to seafood and eat 

seafood as long as I live. 





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