seafood chart for health (Mercury and Omega-3's)

jbo

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I saw this excellent chart from the Washington post that shows the seafood that has the highest omega-3s and the lowest mercury. I'm glad I eat more sardines than anything else.

Salmon is the one that makes me the most nervous. With the demand of salmon everything seemed to be farmed even when they tell you it's not farmed. I'm not a farming expert, but I've never heard of a sardine farm nor can I find any info online.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2012/04/03/gIQABd16sS_graphic.html?tid=sm_gplus_wap

 

jbo

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From reading the related article below

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/eat-more-fish-risks-overstated/2012/04/02/gIQARwPNrS_story.html

There was this harvard study(article) that an analysis of 20 studies involving hundreds of thousands of participants indicates that eating approximately one to two 3-ounce servings of fatty fish a week reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by 36 percent.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fish/

Going to keep eating my sardines once a week
 

Cookie

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Wow, great chart jbo!
I eat sardines once a week too, mainly because i knew about the lower mercury count ;)

 

kind2creatures

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Thanks for the chart jbo. I've been buying sardines at Costco, easy and handy meal and nice shelf life for emergencies.
 

saved1986

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Great info. I get worried when I see "names" of fish at the grocery store or especially wal mart that were unknown 20 yrs ago. Tilapia and now there is some other fish, I will remember and look to get the name.
 

jfh

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Catfish are very popular around here. Especially fried. Of course. They are bottom feeding fresh water fish. I've no desire to eat any bottom feeding anything. Mercury may not be involved, but other nasty things are dying on the bottom for them to feed off of. Perhaps other heavy metals too. No thanks. On the other side of the chart, the omega3 side, I'd say that I really like salmon. I've no idea about mackerel. Rainbow trout has always been a favorite. I don't know how anyone can stand to be around an opened can of sardines.

I guess I'm just not a big fish eater. So mercury from that source won't be a problem.
 

jbo

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Thanks for the chart jbo. I've been buying sardines at Costco, easy and handy meal and nice shelf life for emergencies.
I get my sardines at Costco as well. I really like them and I eat them once a week. I found an italian recipe online with wheat pasta I've been making them with once a week or sometimes I'll just eat them by themselves.

Great info. I get worried when I see "names" of fish at the grocery store or especially wal mart that were unknown 20 yrs ago. Tilapia and now there is some other fish, I will remember and look to get the name.
What's funny is that I grew up fishing as I've always lived by the ocean and I've always hear of Tilapia, never caught one myself and I have to agree the popularity of Tilapia is unreal. I wonder if it's just that it's so cheap now http://oxstones.com/from-china-the-future-of-fish/
I actaully like the taste of Tilapia over a lot of other fish, especially certain fatfish


Catfish are very popular around here. Especially fried. Of course. They are bottom feeding fresh water fish. I've no desire to eat any bottom feeding anything. Mercury may not be involved, but other nasty things are dying on the bottom for them to feed off of. Perhaps other heavy metals too. No thanks. On the other side of the chart, the omega3 side, I'd say that I really like salmon. I've no idea about mackerel. Rainbow trout has always been a favorite. I don't know how anyone can stand to be around an opened can of sardines.

I guess I'm just not a big fish eater. So mercury from that source won't be a problem.
The only reason I can see somebody would want to eat catfish is how easy they are to catch. There's a fishing spot that you can probably pull one in every 5 minutes. The poor people I see fishing for catfish fill buckets up with these large catfish. Personally I can't stand the taste of catfish and you can season it up like anything else, but the fish just doesn't taste good.

I actually really like sardines. It does seem some people really like them or others really dislike sardines. My dogs will beg for sardines more than anything else on this planet.

One thing high on the list is anchovies, which I know people who get them on their pizzas. Looks like it's a healthy topping on a pizza, but the few times I've had them I thought they were horrible.
 

saved1986

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I enjoy sardines. I wish we had them here like the bigger ones they have elsewhere
 

kind2creatures

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I've tasted Tilapia before and I don't care for it. I've heard it referred to as "tofu of the sea". They're probably fed GMO corn feed. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/science/earth/02tilapia.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all. The asian market I shop at sometimes has a huge tilapia tank of live fish under the counter, not very appealing to me, but a big seller.

I like salmon, halibut, cod, sardines, shellfish, and there's nothing like a fresh caught trout pan fried in butter. :yum:
 

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One thing high on the list is anchovies, which I know people who get them on their pizzas. Looks like it's a healthy topping on a pizza, but the few times I've had them I thought they were horrible]
The thing with anchovies is that they are meant to be eaten in very, tiny amounts - just for the purpose of adding a surprising salt/fish taste BUT too much is not too tasty. They sell them in tiny 1 oz. jars for a reason. A little goes a long way.

My dad was a professional fisherman. He owned a fishing equipment store where he sold fishing poles, reels, bobbers, worms and other necessary fishing tools. We ate A LOT of salmon from the Great Lakes that are full of PCB's. The Health Dept. tested us all for mercury levels and other toxins that may have come from eating fish so ofen. I wish I had that report. My Dad had high levels of DDT and nothing else. This test was done 30 years ago.

I'm not comfortable eating fish. There are too many warnings and there are high lievels of PCB's that doesn't get talked about much. I miss fish and yearn to eat it. I'll splurge every month or so.....but even so I'll eat chlorella or pectin with it.
 


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