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Casting Your Net On Seafood Safety

Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

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  • tuna's mercury content is very close to a shark's. I would eat that in moderation too.
  • Love to eat my fish.
  • So, all swordfish is bad? I buy it at my local farmers market (from the NJ shore)...so so delicious.
  • bubakapusta-since I am allergic to real crab, I've looked into fake crab quite a bit. As I have learned depending on where it comes from it can be flavored with real crab (not as bad of a reaction, but my mouth gets blisters), but mostly it is artificially flavored.

    It is manufactured from many types of fish - most commonly pollack, but sometimes from things like shark and swordfish which can be higher mercury. The plus side for fake crab aside from the alternative for people with an allergy, is that it is lower in cholesterol. On the down side, is the it is highly processed, sometimes contains fillers like potato starch, wheat, tapioca, egg, or sugar, unknown mix of fish, and is pretty high in sodium (for 3 oz 715 vs canned in water tuna 287) and some has MSG. Because the type of fish need to produce surimi (processed white fish) is low fat so it will stick together, it is also not high in Omega-3. Also compared to real crab, the fish paste version is higher in carbs and lower in protein. The food program Unwrapped has a video on the process in making this - very interesting.
  • What about crab? Artificial crab? and Lobster?
  • I love eating fish. I know that as a diabetic it is essential for me to eat fish at least 3 times a week. I will save the article to keep me apprised of making safe fish choices.
  • Good article. I had to laugh when they said to choose wild salmon over farmed--I already do that for a totally different reason, the environment! XD Huzzah on a win-win situation there.

    For anyone else like me who loves seafood, check out Seafood Watch ( http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seaf
    oodwatch.aspx ). It has a ton more information about the safest seafood to eat for you and the environment and might help you next time you go grocery shopping in your area :)
  • This was a great article! I try to eat fish at least once a week- I do eat Albacore when eating tuna.
  • Good article on seafood safety, thanks! I like albacore tuna, and since it also comes in 3 oz cans in water, I'm going to have one can per week, just be extra safe.
  • Good thing my dad's allergic to sharks so we don't eat that, even though some of us in the family don't have the same allergic. Our fishes here are fresh but this article made me wonder if what we always buy has high level mercury and those fishes not listed in the article. Looks like I need to make my own research :) Thanks for the great article!
  • DAVIDHOMERE
    THANK YOU FOR THESE GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT FISH. I HAD NO CLUE. I ATE FISH MORE THEN TWICE A WEEK ; AND EVEN SOME OF THE FISHES YOU MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE. I AM GOING TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS NOW.
  • I'm in the UK and tinned tuna is either in brine or oil. Am I correct in assuming the light tuna you refer to is the same as ours in brine?

    Cas

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