It is always best to ingest most of your nutrients through good sources of real food – making sure it is not genetically modified (GMO), and organically grown whenever possible.
When deciding what kinds of fish to eat, your choices can be confusing. You need to ensure you are eating “Wild Caught” and definitely not “Farm Raised.” “Farm Raised” fish contain many chemicals, toxins, and mercury, and these harmful agents are not processed or eliminated from the body. “Farm Raised” fish also have high levels of antibiotics, dyes, growth hormones, PCB’s, and endocrine disruptors. These toxins also build up in our bodies when we consume these fish.
To avoid the toxicity of “Farm Raised” fish, we should insist upon buying “Wild Caught” fish. “Wild Caught” fish is labeled as such at the grocery store. These fish are cleaner, have higher protein content, and they have a higher Omega 3 content.
Although “Wild Caught” fish are best, some types of fish are cleaner than others.
Please consult this chart when buying and eating fish:
Low Mercury Levels:
Anchovies Herring Sardines
Butterfish Mackerel Scallop
Catfish Mullet Shrimp
Crab Oyster Sole
Crawfish Perch Squid
Croaker Plaice Tilapia
Flounder Pollock Trout
Haddock Salmon Whitefish
Moderate Mercury Levels (eat 6 or less servings per month):
Bass Jacksmelt Skate
Carp Snapper Cod
Lobster Tuna (canned chunk light) Mahi Mahi
Monkfish Halibut Perch
High Mercury Levels (eat 3 or less servings per month):
Bluefish Tuna (canned Albacore) Grouper
Sea Bass Yellowfin Tuna
Highest Mercury Levels (avoid eating):
King Mackerel Shark Marlin
Swordfish Orange Roughy Tilefish
Do not avoid eating fish, just ensure you make clean choices. Ask restaurants and grocery stores if the fish is “Wild Caught,” and eat varieties that are not high in toxins.
It is reassuring to know that professional supplement companies follow the Good Standards of Manufacturing Practices, which uses a process of extracting all heavy metals from toxins in the fish source used to make fish oil supplements. Fish oil supplements should only be from sardines or anchovies, not bottom feeders, such as shrimp. If you or a family member is allergic to sardines or anchovies, contact me for alternative suggestions to the typical fish oil supplement.
*Mercury levels chart from www.nrdc.org