Remember when all you had to worry about was if your tuna was dolphin safe? No longer is that the case. Fish is a great source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, but unfortunately, because of increasing pollution that clouds our air and water, many fish are higher in mercury than you might think. Pregnant moms are often warned about eating certain fish when there are expecting, but what about the rest of us?
Oceans Alive posts a great list of fish that are good and not so good for you. If you don’t feel like pulling out this little cheat sheet next time you are dining at a seafood restaurant, just try to remember that the bigger the fish (swordfish, shark, etc.) the higher the mercury. Smaller fish (trout, shrimp, scallops) contain smaller amounts of mercury.
Canned Tuna is the most popular fish in the United States, but the FDA/EPA recommends (women and children) eating only two servings a week. Meanwhile, sites like MercuryFacts.org (funded by restaurants and food industries) attempt to prove that the mercury scare is all hype.
In a world where research is influenced by those who fund it, it is difficult to sort fact from fiction. Happy researching.