AGING GRACEFULLY SERIES
LET FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE YOUR FOOD...Hippocrates, father of Medicine
Fish, once a very healthy protein source: low in fat, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, carbs and high in protein, minerals and vitamins. However, with the increase in polluted waters, increased mercury in fish and less than healthy farm-raised fish, we need to be more cognizant of which fish are safe and which are not. Most nutritionists suggest eating fish no more than 2x/week and eating more plant-based foods.
The Department of Health and Human Services in North Carolina
has published information about SAFE AND UNSAFE
Choose Wild Caught over Farmed-Raised
LOW in mercury:
Canned light tuna
Salmon (Wild only, canned, fresh or frozen)
Southern kingfish (sea mullet)
Speckled trout (spotted sea trout)
Wild caught trout
Wild caught crayfish
Wild caught Tilapia
Wild caught Trout
There's another great site that will keep you up to date with what's going on in the oceans and fresh water regarding healthy and unsafe fish.
It's called SEAFOOD WATCH. (just click here) and visit their site as well as their site on Facebook.
What is the Difference Between Farm Raised Fish and Wild Caught Fish?
I INCLUDE (1) OR MORE OF THESE AT MY WORKSHOP.
THE MESSAGES ARE LOUD AND CLEAR.
HIGH in mercury:
Albacore (white) tuna** fresh or canned
South Atlantic grouper (gag, scamp, red and snowy)
Tuna, fresh or frozen**
Catfish (caught wild)*
Jack fish (chain pickerel)*
Largemouth bass (statewide)
Walleye from Lake Fontana and Lake Santeetlah (Graham and Swain counties)
*High mercury levels have been found in blackfish (bowfin), catfish, jack fish (chain pickerel), warmouth, and yellow perch caught south and east of Interstate
If you are concerned about your favorite TUNA FISH sandwiches, read this great article about which tuna fish is safest.
How much canned tuna is safe to eat? There are two main kinds of canned tuna: chunk light and solid or chunk white (albacore). Albacore is a larger species of tuna, with mercury levels almost three times higher than those of the smaller skipjack, which is used in most canned light tuna.
For this reason, parents should be especially mindful of their kids' tuna consumption. The recommendations below are based on EPA's guidance and current estimates of average mercury content in the two most popular types of canned tuna: