Is fish safe?

stock photo : Sea foodThere is so much information about there on what to eat, what not to eat that its confusing for all of us. Talking to one of my clients the other day who eats very well we ended up discussing  how bad fish was for you because of the mercury levels, it got me thinking just how bad is it and how much is too much?

So I started researching and came across a recent blog which had some useful information and which summarised the overall issues:

  • Selenium in fish protects against mercury toxicity, some of the highest dietary sources of selenium are found in ocean fishstock photo : grilled salmon with asparagus, pea, yellow peppers, carrots and spring onions on white plate
  • If a fish contains higher levels of selenium than mercury, it is safe to eat
  • Most species of commonly eaten fish have more selenium than mercury
  • Fish are not significant sources of PCBs and dioxins when compared to meat, dairy or vegetables
  • The benefits of eating fish regularly far outweigh the potential risks, which are negligible
  • Pregnant mothers and young children should eat 2-3 servings of oily ocean fish each week

stock photo : Tilapiini FilletIt’s not something I have really thought about until now but will look into it a bit further especially given that I generally eat fish 3-5 times a week.  What about you, does this effect how much fish you eat?

 

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