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If You Choose Wisely, the Benefits of a High Fish Diet Can Still Outweigh the Risks Associated with Mercury Contamination

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  • Fish has always been the best source for the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but as levels of pollution have increased, fish has become less viable as a primary source of healthful fats
  • Fortunately, fish that tend to suffer the least amount of toxic contamination also happen to be some of the best sources of fat and antioxidants. So, by choosing wisely, the benefits of a diet high in fish can still outweigh the risks
  • The fish lowest in toxicity, and highest in healthful fats and other nutrients include wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, and smaller fish like sardines, anchovies and herring
  • Avoid larger fish that are higher up in the food chain, as these tend to be far more contaminated with methylmercury and other environmental toxins
  • Recent research dispels the hypothesis that beneficial nutrients in fish might counterbalance the deleterious effects of fish-associated mercury. Mice fed a diet containing fish-associated mercury suffered significant behavioral abnormalities after 58 days, compared to mice fed a diet containing added methylmercury chloride, or a mercury-free control diet

By Dr. Mercola

Fish has made the news a few times lately. Some say Americans aren't eating enough of it, while others warn of mercury dangers. It's certainly a complex issue, as waterways are increasingly polluted and so many people are deficient in the omega-3 fats critical for health...


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