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How often to eat fish with all the pollutants?


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How often to eat fish with all the pollutants?

Bottomless_Pit | May 9, 2010 10:03 PM

Caroline posted a good post in the thread I initiated called "organic produce: a beautiful lie"

Caroline wrote "Many pesticides (and DDT is only one of them) are extremely long lasting, and once introduced into the ecosystem they are damned near self perpetuating. Seafood is a good expample of the problem. The food chain in the ocean is that fish are ever eaten by bigger fish, and the farther up the food chain you go, the more concentrated the pollutants (mercury, etc.) are in the fish we catch and eat. Top-of-the-food-chain fish such as swordfish, tuna, salmon, well, all of the "big guys" are hazardous when eaten more often than once every week or two. And sometimes maybe even when eaten that little. I don't know of any fisherman or agency who will divulge that information completely. "

Caroline's post got lost in the thick of the organic produce thread, and I thought the topic on fish deserved a separate thread. I've heard all the benefits of fish, particularly salmon and better yet wild salmon. Yet, I've been worried for years about mercury. How dangerous is mercury anyways? I've been trying to eat more fish, but now I'm full of doubt, thanks Caroline, j/k. :)

Can someone help me out and confirm or mitigate my fears about fish?

edit: I found out selenium can help against mercury, not sure about the other toxins though.

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