Tip: What Seafood Has Mercury

Mercury and biopollutants such as PCBs are more likely to be found in large, fatty predatory fish and also in industrially contaminated lake fish.

Seafood High in MercuryMercury and biopollutants such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are more likely to be found in large, fatty predatory fish and also in industrially contaminated lake fish.  Also farm-raised seafood, such as salmon, has a greater concentrations of industrial chemical contaminants, mainly due to the pollutants in the fish feed.

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Best choices of seafood to eat (listed alphabetically) are:

  • Anchovies
  • Artic char
  • Catfish (U.S.)
  • Cod, Pacific
  • Halibut, Alaskan
  • Rainbow trout
  • Sablefish, Alaskan
  • Salmon, wild Alaskan/Canadian (fresh or canned)
  • Sardines
  • Shrimp, Pacific
  • Tuna, Pacific (Troll and pole-caught tuna tend to be smaller and contain fewer contaminants than deep-water varieties that tend to be larger and likely more contaminated.)
  • Tuna, canned light

Eat these fish in moderation (The EPA recommends limiting eating of these fish to no more than 12 ounces per week.):

  • Halibut, Atlantic
  • Lobster
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Orange roughy
  • Salmon, Atlantic
  • Sea bass
  • Shrimp, Atlantic
  • Tuna, albacore

Avoid these large, predatory fish, which are most likely to be contaminated:

  • King mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish

Fish oil supplements are another source of omega-3 oils and are purified of possible pollutants.  The fish oil supplements I use and recommend are from Vital Choice.  When ordering supplements or safe seafood through this link you will receive a 10% discount on your first order.

To your wellness,

Lynn

p.s. For easy-to-understand advisories on seafood safety, see www.vitalchoice.com.

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