Healthy Fish for Nourishment
Dr. Ben Kim
the history of the world, many cultures have used fish and fish broths to nourish
their people. In the Chinese and Korean cultures, fish and fish broths have traditionally
been used to properly nourish pregnant women and to promote a healthy supply of
his travels, renowned nutritionist and dentist Dr. Weston A. Price found that
populations that regularly consumed fish had thicker bones and better skeletal
structure than those that consumed mainly red meat or mainly vegetables.
fish provides healthy protein, essential fatty acids, and an abundance of minerals,
particularly iodine and zinc.
fish can be an excellent source of nutrients if it isnt significantly contaminated
by environmental pollutants. The biggest concern is mercury, as accumulation of
this heavy metal in the body's tissues increases the chance of developing numerous
problems including Alzheimers, Parkinsons, autism, and other neurological
conditions. Mercury is especially dangerous to children, as it can damage their
sensitive nervous systems. Mercury is also hazardous to pregnant women because
of its ability to cause birth defects.
are my guidelines on choosing healthy fish while minimizing your exposure to mercury
and other environmental pollutants:
sure that your fish is from the ocean or a lake that isnt heavily polluted.
Nowadays, much of the fish that is available at your local grocery stores are
factory farmed fish. Because these fish are fed an unnatural diet of grains, their
flesh don't contain as much EPA and DHA, the essential fatty acids that are an
important reason to eat fish in the first place. Many factory raised fish are
fed toxin-rich fish pellets, significantly increasing your exposure to environmental
toxins when you eat them. Finally, many factory farmed fish are contaminated with
extremely high levels of pesticides that come from the run-off of neighbouring
crops that have been sprayed.
your fish merchant where his fish comes from. Some grocers label factory fish
according to their species name. Perhaps the most common example of this is Atlantic
salmon. Just because it is labeled Atlantic doesn't mean that it is not factory
you want to eat fish from clean waters that has been tested by an unbiased laboratory
for mercury and other common toxins. A good source for such fish is a company
called Vital Choice Seafood, which provides wild Alaskan salmon that has been
clinically shown to be free of such contaminants. An excellent article on wild
Alaskan salmon and where you can get some can be found here.
it is not practical or possible for you to consistently purchase laboratory tested
fish, then stick to eating the following fish which are considered by many nutritional
experts and scientists to be the safest choices:
Wild pacific salmon
3. Fresh sardines
4. Arctic char
5. Sole from the north Atlantic ocean
6. Flounder from the north Atlantic
9. Fish from a local lake that you are
not significantly polluted.
Larger fish like swordfish, tuna, bass, halibut, and marlin typically have the
highest levels of contamination, probably because they are higher on the food
chain and have more opportunity to bio-concentrate pollutants into their flesh.
For this reason, larger fish should be avoided whenever possible, especially by
children and pregnant women.
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