Fish is known as the high nutritious foods. Fish contains omega 3, vitamin B and protein. You might probably know and suggested to eat fish twice a week. Fish is the healthy source of protein and less in fat. Fishes like tuna, sardines, and salmon contains omega 3 which is essential for our brain and heart. Due to this nutrition fact, fish are hunted, and globally cultivated. Therefore, it leads into new problem which is sustainability issue. There are also fish is contaminated and contain very dangerous substances called Mercury. The amount of mercury inside fish is our main concern in this article. Fish consumption is the main source of mercury expose to human being and animal. Mercury and methyl mercury can also be found in the low concentration water. But it will be absorbed by algae and then it will be eaten by small fish and there are food chain making a chain reaction.We need to pick which one of fish needed to be sustainable. When I go to the market, I always wondering what kind of which are safe to be consumed? What does it looks like and what is the parameter to find which one is safe to eat? Luckily, Seafood Watch has been compiled the data from WHO and environmental organizations to make a list of fishes that are safe to be consumed. The fishes inside the list are good for your health and also for your environment as well. The last data update is on 2010, fishes and scallops which are safe to eat must have low contaminant under the part per billion (ppb) mercury and 11 ppb PBCs, rich in omega 3 which is useful for health and coming from sustainable fishery. According from the program, I will give you with the information of which one is safe to eat? Below is the list of fish and scallops who have the lowest amount of mercury and it’s safe to be eaten. Check this out.
1. Albacore Tuna
Most of tuna contain a high amount of mercury but not with this kind of tuna. Albacore tuna is usually processed as canned foods. Albacore tuna is safe to eat as long as this fish is catches with troll fishing. The young albacore tuna is smaller than the adult; they are usually weighed less than 20 pounds. The young albacore tuna usually catches with troll fishing while the adult tuna is usually catches using longline technique. This fish contain the lowest amount of mercury and contaminant. Albacore tuna which are catches in the northern coast contains higher amount of omega 3.
If you ever wondering about how well the Alaska maintains their salmon fisheries, you need to be considering this. The marine biologists conducting the experiment concerning about how many wild salmon who return to the river for mating and nesting, If the numbers are decreased, so the fisheries are will be closed until it reach the limit. Just like in the Chinook fisheries area. With this tight monitoring and water quality management, wild Chinook salmon is healthy to be consumed. This fish contains 1.250 mg of omega 3 per portion and less contaminant also. Chinook salmon in Alaskan area is more sustainable than the other salmon fisheries area.
Cultivated oyster is good for as it will provide you with 300 mg of omega 3 and half of your daily needs of irons. Cultivated oyster is also good for the surrounding environment. Oysters will eat natural foods and algae under the water, so it will help to repair the water quality. Oysters are also can be interesting natural reefs and it will provide foods for other fishes. Oysters are usually raw served. So you might want to be careful when eating this tender seafood, especially the oysters from warm water. The oyster from that warm water can be contained with bacteria and viruses.
This little sardine is usually cheap in price. Although it’s cheap but the price of its benefits are more than expensive. Sardines contain a lot of omega 3 about 1.950 mg per 3 ounces, it’s higher than most of fishes such as tuna, salmon, or other foods. This fish is also the source of vitamin D. There are a lot of herrings are considered as sardines. These fish are rapidly grown since their massive catch or natural extinction in 1940. Sardines are usually cooked with tomato sauce and they also favorite canned foods throughout the world.
5. Rainbow Trout
Although the trout inside lakes are heavily contaminated but lot of trout that you find in the market are the cultivated ones. Rainbow trout is widely cultivated especially in United State of America. Rainbow trout are cultivated in fresh water. Wild raised rainbow trout is low in contaminant and mercury. They are protected from contaminant and feed on special fish pellet which are designed to support their natural sustainability.
6. Freshwater Coho Salmon
Freshwater Coho Salmon is one and the only freshwater fish that awarded with super safe rating. There are lot of fisheries are using crowded pens where they can be easily infected with parasites. To prevent the spread of parasites, they are healed with antibiotic and unfortunately it can infect the other salmon and this is the reason why Alaska is rejecting the cultivation of salmon. In another case, the attempt for growing salmon weighed for a pound needs the same time of raising three wild fish. However, Coho salmon is raised in isolated fresh water and need a little amount of foods, so it’s decreasing the harmful impact for the environment. Coho salmon is also rich in omega 3. You can get 1.025 mg of omega3 in 3 ounces of serving.
Food variations can help you out to reduce the amount of pollutant and mercury which is entering our body system because every foods contains different amount of mercury and pollutant. You can choose various seafood such as squid, trout, mussels, and halibut. The selection of this seafood will avoid you from the danger of mercury as long as you didn’t eat the same fish in a row for a long time.