Mercury In Fish – Bad For Pregnant Women!?
If eating fish high in mercury such as tuna is bad for pregnant women and children then chances are it is bad for everyone.
We are increasing the levels of mercury in the environment because of activities such as farming, coal burning and manufacturing.
Bad For Pregnant Women = Bad For Me Too!
If eating fish is bad for pregnant women then chances re it is bad for me and you too!
I know that we are instructed to eat fish because of the health benefits but I am mercury neurotic and rarely eat fish as a result. Mercury poisoning can cause damage to the brain, kidneys and lungs and also can result in several different diseases.
The consumption of fish is by far the most significant source of mercury exposure in humans. Some plant and animals also contain accumulated mercury but it is far less.
High fat fish who eat other fish and live longer are the ones with more mercury build up as mercury accumulates in their fat.
Fish = Essential Fatty Acids
The reason fish is highly recommended as a part of a healthy diet is because it contains certain fatty acids that are are essential to health.
If you do not eat fish you MUST get your omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids elsewhere because you can not live without them!
Food Sources Of Omega 3 – 6 Fatty Acids
If you focus on getting your essential fatty acids from other foods it is really not that difficult. A few other sources for omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids besides fish include:
- chia seeds
- grapeseed oil
- flax seed
- hazel nuts
Seafood Watch SmartPhone App Check Mercury In Fish
I recently downloaded a SmartPhone app that can check the mercury levels in fish along with the overall environmental friendliness of the fish harvesting or farming technique. I love it! Now if I am in the mood for fish I can look it up and make a better choice!