Well, friend, I have bad news. I hate to be the one to tell you, but seafood is quickly turning toxic as ocean mercury levels rapidly rise.
And it’s no longer just pregnant women and tiny tots who can be hurt by this exposure. The rest of us can, too, with seniors being particularly vulnerable.
In fact, in seniors, long-term mercury accumulation has been linked to cognitive decline and other problems. In other words, it could do a real number on your memory.
So, given the rising risks, it might be time to change a few habits… before it’s too late!
The three WORST fish to fix for dinner
We all know omega-3 rich seafood is good for us. But the sad truth is mercury levels are rising in many different types of fish. And three, in particular, are worse than all the rest.
If you’re worried about mercury exposure… as you should be… you might just want to avoid this Three-Headed Mercury Menace altogether.
- Tuna: Sorry, friend… I know we all love tuna. But the new study finds methylmercury levels in Atlantic bluefin tuna are jumping by up to 3.5 percent per year, EVERY year, since 2012. That adds up fast. Some tests have found you could get DOUBLE your weekly “limit” of mercury from a single serving of tuna.
- Spiny dogfish: This fish is actually a small shark, and is so trendy right now that one website called it a “well-kept secret” and a good substitute for cod. But here’s the thing: cod mercury levels have been sinking in recent years (but not enough – so avoid cod, too), while spiny dogfish have seen mercury levels jump by as much as 61 percent since the 1970s.
- Swordfish: Not long ago, swordfish was considered THE catch of the day. People went crazy for it in the Reagan years. That led to over-fishing, which in turn caused prices to rise so much that Americans lost their appetite. Now, swordfish is staging a comeback. But while the price is falling, the mercury levels are jumping – so avoid this old-time favorite.
Gulf tilefish, king mackerel, marlin, and orange roughy are all higher in mercury too. In fact, they made it onto Consumer Reports “fish to avoid” list this year.
3 LOW-MERCURY seafood choices to enjoy TONIGHT
But you don’t have to give up on seafood completely. Heck, considering the health BENEFITS you shouldn’t.
Just make some different choices at the seafood counter. Like picking out one of these three delicious, lower-mercury selections instead…
Salmon: If there’s a tastier fish than salmon, I sure don’t know what it is. Wild salmon and Alaska salmon are also top sources of those essential omega-3 fatty acids I mentioned earlier. But there’s one thing to watch for: shady markets have been known to sell farmed salmon as wild-caught fish so be sure to buy from a source you trust.
Sardines: The unassuming little sardine might be one of the humblest fish in the sea… but it’s also one of the healthiest. Like salmon, they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids. But they also have so much more, including brain-boosting vitamin B12.
Shrimp: Shrimp is one of the most protein-dense rich foods on the planet. About 90 percent of a shrimp is protein, making it an excellent choice for keeping muscle strong as we age. And as a bonus, it’s absolutely loaded with a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin can help naturally reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Other safer options include scallops, oysters, and squid.
In general, you want to avoid all farmed fish. Choose wild-caught, cold-water seafood whenever possible. It will be lower in mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants. And smaller species are often safer.
And one last warning.
You might find tilapia on some “safe seafood” lists, but don’t fall for it. Indeed, it’s usually a lower-mercury fish. But much of the tilapia on the market today is farmed in China. And that means it is likely raised on a diet of livestock feces.
I only wish I were making that up. And the practice isn’t JUST gross, it can make the fish more susceptible to spreading disease. So, mercury or not, skip the tilapia.