No More Fishing for Info: A Short Primer on Seafood

We’ve all heard the advice to eat more fish as part of a healthful diet. After all, it’s a source of lean protein and – in the case of salmon, sardines, anchovies, trout and tuna – heart-healthy fats. Also known as omega-3s, they have been shown to be protective This image is associated with an external link.against heart disease in women with diabetes.

Despite these important health benefits, purchasing seafood is more difficult today than ever before. Seafood shopping can easily feel overwhelming when you’re faced with choosing farmed or wild-caught fish while also trying to keep your mercury intake down. To help you navigate this process, here’s a quick snapshot of three important factors you should consider when it comes to decision time.

  • Fish farming: Fish farming began in the 1970s as a way to meet the increasing demand for seafood year round. It reduces overfishing in the wild and makes seafood more affordable for consumers (farmed fish is usually less expensive than wild). However, because of the crowded living conditions on fish farms (typically netted pens in open water), they can increase the pollution in local waters. Fish raised on farms also typically require antibiotics to reduce the spread of infection in close living quarters, making it a potential health concern.
  • Wild-caught fish: Wild-caught fish have less fat than farmed (because they swim freely in the wild), yet contain more heart-healthy fats because of their natural diet of sea plants and other fish. The downsides of choosing wild varieties are they are susceptible to being overfished and usually contain more mercury than their farmed counterparts.
  • Mercury: Mercury is a metal that can cause serious health problems, like nerve damage. Many of you have probably heard that pregnant women and small children shouldn’t eat certain fish because of the mercury content This image is associated with an external we’ve included a list of the high and low mercury fish out there to help you make the best choice for you.

Whether you base your choices on budget, environmental factors, health concerns or pregnancy, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to fish and health, and, at the end of the day, selecting your seafood is all about what matters to you.

So, throw us a line! Tell us how you make your choices at the fish counter.

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4 Responses to No More Fishing for Info: A Short Primer on Seafood

  1. gina says:

    I’m allergic to fish and seafood and am diabetic… what are other sources of Omega 3’s

  2. Micheal says:

    I am glad to see anchovies at the top of the “harmless” list. I really wouldn’t like to cut them from my diet because they are really good.

  3. Management of daily intake of food is important for a beginner as I am. I am from India and I discovered that my blood has 165 sugar reading.
    This happened five months ago and I am 64 years old. The doctor advised me to plan my eating and do a thorough walking exercise that makes me sweat like wet in the rain. I did it sincerely. I walked daily for 8 kilometers. Wrote down earlier the food I took at each time a day. Stopped adding sugar to any item of food that required earlier. Stopped eating rice. Shifted my breakfast and lunch from rice food to oats, veg and fruits. Fish and chicken for lunch and chappathi for supper with a veg curry. After five months I keep my food intake on a fixed course at home and eat anything out side, for a party, or for some celebrations but on a limited quantity. My sugar in the blood is steady at 85.

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