If you’re over the age of
12, you’ve probably had more than a few dearly held beliefs ruined by reality.
Like when you discovered it was Mom and Dad, not Santa, who were orchestrating
the magic of Christmas. Or when you spent hours watching “Kim’s Fairytale
Wedding” over and over again, only to learn that keeping up with this
Kardashian was a waste of time. As they say, reality bites.
Well, folks, I hate to do this to you, but . . .
Not all fish are good for you.
Last year, the USDA increased its seafood recommendation to 8 ounces per week,
and that has led many to believe that all fish are equally smart choices. But
some are so high in contaminants like mercury that their health benefits are
outweighed by their health risks. Others are flown in from halfway around the
world, but given labels that make you think they were caught fresh earlier that
morning. And still others are raised in filthy, overcrowed pools and loaded up
with chemicals to keep them alive.
So let me shed light on some very rough waters. Put these fish at the top of
your don't-eat list and you'll avoid most of the troubles of the world's
#1: ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA
Why It's Bad: A recent analysis by The New York Times found that
Atlantic bluefin tuna has the highest levels of mercury of any type of tuna. To
top it off, bluefin tuna are severely overharvested, to the point of reaching
near-extinction levels, and are considered "critically endangered" by
the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rather than trying to
navigate the ever-changing recommendations for which tuna is best, consider
giving it up altogether. But if you can't . . .
Eat This Instead: Opt for American or Canadian
(but not imported!) albacore tuna, which is caught while it's young and doesn't
contain as high levels of mercury.
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