Sep 16, 2009

Mercury Contamination in Fish

We fish-eaters should be wary of the mercury content in certain fishes. The Environmental Defense Fund listed the most contaminated fishes because of risks of PCBs and mercury. These are alewife, striped wild bass, bluefish, white croaker, American eel, European eel, shad, wild sturgeon, and weakfish. These types of fish should not be eaten by all in a monthly basis. Moreover, there are types of fish that should not be eaten by women and children in addition to those listed above. These are king mackerel, bluefin tuna, marlin, shark and swordfish.

Of course, note that the younger the person is, the more vulnerable he/she is. It is advised that young kids (aged 0 to 6) should not eat more than a serving of yellow fin tuna and canned white tuna (among others) each month!

The good news is that it's safe to eat 4 or more servings each month of tilapia, squid, anchovies, salmon (canned), sardines, crab, shrimps, farmed oysters, crab, scallops and others. Please click here to get the complete EDF lists.

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