|Fish - Seafood - Mercury Contamination|
Fish and Mercury Contamination – A General Rule of ThumbThe larger the particular seafood species and the longer that species normally lives, the higher that species' mercury content and levels.
This is the result of two factors:
- Larger fish consume more food, and therefor consume more mercury.
- Longer-living species consume more food than shorter-lived species, thus again consuming more mercury.
Basic Ranking of Fish and Seafood Species And Their Mercury Content Levels
List of Fish and Seafood Having the Highest Mercury ConcentrationsThe following list of fish species having the worst mercury content contamination. The mercury levels are so high, the EPA flatly states that pregnant women (and women trying to become pregnant) and young children should not eat them at all.
- King Mackerel
List of Seafood and Fish That Are Lower in Mercury ContentAnd considered safe to eat by pregnant women and young children in moderation, two 6-ounce portions spread out over the course of a week.
- Pacific oysters
- Atlantic and Pacific mackerel
- Fish sticks, other fast-food fish, etc.
- Canned, light tuna. Note. Albacore tuna has more mercury than light tuna. The EPA recommendation for albacore tuna is only one 6-ounce can a week.
Basic List of Nutrition Information for Seafood and FishBoth are generally rich in:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- B vitamins
- Vitamin E
May all your fish and seafood adventures be healthy ones.