There's Something Fishy Going on Here

By Amy Crawford

Not so long ago I was proudly packing my little tins of tuna in springwater and taking them off to work with my home made salads. Far out I felt good about myself too. Such a clean meal, all the right omegas, a top protein source and great for my brain so I'd be all the more productive for it too. Then there were those salmon fillets you buy at the markets that would feed 4 (not one), so I'd cook one up and eat it for breakfast and lunch for the next couple of days.

Early 2011 when my bloods came back from the biochemist in the States there was a very nasty surprise in the form of toxicity off the Richter Scale. You name it, I had it. Lead, petrochemicals, pesticides - the list goes on. But the worst result was methyl-mercury and with that result came the end of my fish intake. Without going into too much detail here you should know that fish tend to 'concentrate' mercury. That is, if there is a little mercury in the water they'll suck it right up and they won't eliminate it. Then (for the purpose of further simplifying this explanation) the big fish eat the smaller fish which eat the smaller fish etc etc. So guess what ? The bigger the fish the higher the total concentration of methyl-mercury (read: tuna and shark are not your friend).

A little ray of sunshine arrived however with the news that it would be ok if I ate Wild Red Alaskan Sockeye Salmon which is regularly lab tested to ensure it is free of harmful levels of mercury and toxicity.  I was feeling a little joyful with that announcement. 

Now that I am recovered I have been told that for the purpose of variation in my diet I can have one piece of farmed salmon each week - farmed not because it's good for me (because I don't believe there is a whole heap of goodness in farmed salmon) but because it is much lower in methyl-mercury.

I'm not suggesting you shouldn't eat fish. There is no question that fish is a real issue for my body, not everyone's. Though I would suggest you consider the size of the fish you are eating. Flake isn't your friend, no matter how tasty the batter. And the chips. I would love to recommend the Wild Red Alaskan Salmon because it's seriously tasty, widely researched and heavily endorsed. If you would like to order some to be delivered to your door you can order it here. And before you ask, no, I don't work for Vital Choice, nor do they know I have written this post.

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October 31 2012

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