Hazards Of Fish
Fish is an important component of every healthy diet. Fish has high protein, good fat and low calories. It is perfect for dieting and supporting natural weight loss programs. Fish oil is one of the good fats. Mercury is one of the bad chemicals. Unfortunately, they seem to show up in the same place frequently. Many fish are contaminated with the life-threatening poison mercury. It does not take much mercury to cause poisoning and health issues.
Pregnant Women Avoid Tuna
If it is bad for pregnant women, then it is bad for everyone. I do not know about you, but when I hear or read that I think "What about me? I deserve to be healthy too!" I wonder why we are even selling mercury-contaminated products at all. Here are some ideas on how to get good-for-you fish oils and not get mercury in your diet.
Avoid fish at the high end of the food chain (tuna, sword, king mackerel).
Avoid fatty fish (tuna, sword, mackerel, blue fish, etc).
If you must eat tuna go for canned light tuna (not white or dark).
Lower-mercury fishes include shrimp, pollock, haddock, cod.
Eat farm raised catfish and tilapia for the safest bet.
Eat Alaskan wild-caught salmon for the safest bet.
Mercury is very dangerous even in lower levels. It is one of the most poisonous of all metals. It is essential that you do not consume mercury laden fish. Be sure to incorporate the safe fish into your every week diet to insure continued health and weight management. When you consume a wide variety of foods and a balanced diet it insures that you are getting a wide variety of nutrients and also that you are not getting to much of any one contaminant or toxin. Maintaining an ideal weight includes fish in the diet on a regular basis.
Deb Bixler is a trained chef , motivational speaker and a diet/weight management coach. To learn more about healthy living, increasing your metabolism or diet programs for busy people go to
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