Most people think getting fish is a healthier option than other meat. While this may have been true at one time, taking into account the current state of the oceans and fish farms, eating fish may be one of the least healthy options. A recent article from Mercola.com highlights some of the problems:
“This elevated toxicity is quite significant. According to toxicology researcher Jerome Ruzzin Ph.D., in Norway, farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world! Overall, tests show farmed salmon contain five times more toxins than any other food product tested.”
“Farmed salmon also suffer other disturbing mutations. The flesh of the farmed salmon is “brittle,” and breaks apart when bent — a highly abnormal feature. The nutritional content is also wildly abnormal, which may have consequences for your health. Wild salmon contains about 5 to 7 percent fat whereas the farmed variety can contain anywhere from 14.5 to 34 percent. Many toxins readily accumulate in fat, which means even when raised in similarly contaminated conditions, farmed salmon will contain far more toxins than wild.”
“Fish farming, which began about 65 years ago, is considered by many to be one of the least sustainable approaches to farming.”
Even though there is so much contamination in the oceans and waters of the earth, there are some practical tips for finding and eating healthy sources of fish. First, we always recommending getting wild-caught fish and avoid all farmed fish. Second, look for smaller game fish as they typically have less toxins in their flesh–wild-caught salmon (Pacific or Alaskan, as all Atlantic salmon is farmed), herring, sardines, and anchovies all make better options for fish. Third, eat plenty of plant-based mineral rich produce as these foods can help protect your body against heavy metal contamination.