What Fish You Should Eat

FISH: to eat or not to eat? 

That is the question.

Why not? You might ask. Well, I'll tell you, friend. There is a hell of a lot of pollution in our waters. And fish ingest all of the bad stuff, all of the toxins including metals like mercury. Everyone's freaked out about mercury. And they should be. Mercury, if accumulated in the body, can lead to neurological problems. Not good. 

But fish do contain sea minerals and iodine (great for thyroid health). They also contain wonderful fat and protein. Science has shown that consumption of some types of fish can protect against heart disease, Alzheimer's, and some types of cancer, asthma, depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and macular degeneration. 

As a general rule of thumb, definitely restrict all inland water fish. Those are likely to contain contaminants like PCB, dioxin, mercury, chlordane and mercury. Deep-water, open-ocean fish are best if you're going to have some fish. 

But here's the deal: Worry about mercury when it comes to large fish who eat a lot of other little fish. Because they have definitely accumulated mercury. And they live longer. Actually, don't worry about anything. Just take charge of what kinds of creatures you choose to eat. Big fish like large species of tuna, swordfish and shark are what to watch out for. Limiting your intake of these bigger, predatory fish is highly recommended. 

Environmental groups have stated that pregnant ladies should restrict themselves when it comes to these kinds of fish which also include marlin, pike, white croaker, sea bass, halibut, and Gulf Coast oysters because of toxin content. 

But the thing about salmon is that it is a younger fish. Salmon live only one to two years (fish like halibut accumulate way more toxins because they live longer). Salmon is often called "brain food." It has an exceptionally high content of Omega-3 fatty acids, wonderful for the brain and inflammation issues too. And you already know about the protein. But maybe you don't know about the potassium, selenium and vitamin B12. 

Cold-water fish, which is what salmon is (by the way, these creatures are born in fresh water, but spend most of their lives in the open sea, and then freaking return to where they hatched, hundreds of miles, to spawn....crazy) is the best kind of fish to eat. 

Salmon can range in color from pink to red to orange, and some contain more of that great fat than others. The chinook and sockeye kinds of salmon are fattier, and the coho type falls somewhere in the middle. Pink salmon is mostly canned. Chum is usually used for being processed into food (or dog food). Sockeye is the smallest. 

The source, as said earlier, is important to pay attention to. Wild Alaskan salmon is considered the cleanest. It contains the lowest levels of toxins like metals and pesticides. 

So go for it, as you long as you watch the source and type.