Fish Not to Eat !!

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Fish is all the rage these days..”.Eat Fish instead of red meat !!”  And I agree wholeheartedly. The majority of the animal protein that I do eat is fish.  However, not all fish provide the healthy benefits that we are used to hearing about, and the consumption of these fish should be avoided or at least minimized.

Farm-raised Tilapia is one of the most popular fish that Americans eat according to Dr Andrew Weil, but it has very low levels of the healthy omega-3s and very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which are not healthy.  Omega-6s tend to be pro-inflammatory which is detrimental to our blood vessels, heart, lung and joint tissues, skin and digestive tract.

Fish like shark, swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel and white albacore tuna are large predatory fish that may contain high levels of mercury.  In fact, pregnant women & children are advised not to eat these types of fish.  So,  why should anyone eat them and expose their body to harmful contaminants?

Salmon is also another very popular fish but Farm Raised Salmon, or Atlantic Salmon should be avoided due to residues of antibiotics or other drugs that may be used in the farming process.  Also this type of salmon does not have as high a ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 as wild salmon.  Unfortunately, this is the type of salmon that most restaurants have on their menus because it is cheaper, so personally I would skip it and have a skinless chicken breast or a plant based protein instead.  (As a side note, if we the consumers ask for Wild salmon when ordering at a restaurant, perhaps this trend of offering only cheaper Farm Raised Salmon might end.)   Fortunately, the speciality supermarkets  carry wild salmon and although it is more expensive, it is the worth the investment in your health !  You can also buy wild salmon in the can and use it as you would a can of tuna fish.

 

 

 

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Nancy A. Goodman

Nancy A. Goodman, NSCA-CPT, ISSA is a certified nutrition consultant and personal trainer. She has years of experience working with individuals to attain their fitness and overall health goals. She is committed to helping her clients live a robust life of wellness.

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