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Which Fish Are Safe to Eat for Minimal Mercury Contamination

April 03, 2018

Which Fish Are Safe to Eat for Minimal Mercury Contamination

Mercury is highly toxic and can damaged the central nervous system.

Due to water pollution, fish and shellfish often contain different levels of mercury in their body.

Unfortunately, mercury can bioaccumulate in humans, which means that when we eat seafood with mercury, the toxic material stays in our body.

Luckily, not all fish are high in mercury levels, there are still some fish we can consume that will leave us with lesser impact from mercury poisoning.

Here's a list compiled by U.S. National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) about mercury levels in fish and which fish are safer to eat.

Here's a list of fish 

Least Mercury Level

Enjoy these fish

  • Anchovies
  • Butterfish
  • Catfish
  • Clam
  • Crab (U.S. Domestic) 
  • Crawfish/Crayfish 
  • Croaker (Atlantic)
  • Flounder*
  • Haddock (Atlantic)*
  • Hake
  • Herring 
  • Jacksmelt (Silverside)
  • Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub) 
  • Mullet
  • Oyster
  • Plaice
  • Pollock 
  • Salmon (Canned)**
  • Salmon (Fresh)**
  • Sardine
  • Scallop*
  • Shrimp*
  • Sole (Pacific) 
  • Squid (Calamari) 
  • Tilapia
  • Trout (Freshwater)
  • Whitefish
  • Whiting

 

Moderate Mercury Level

Eat six servings or less per month

  • Bass (Saltwater, Striped, Black) 
  • Buffalofish
  • Carp
  • Cod (Alaskan)*
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi* 
  • Monkfish*
  • Perch (Freshwater) 
  • Sheepshead
  • Skate*
  • Snapper*
  • Tilefish (Atlantic) 
  • Tuna (Canned chunk light, Skipjack)

 

High Mercury Level

Eat three servings or less per month

  • Croaker (White Pacific)
  • Halibut (Atlantic*, Pacific)
  • Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf)
  • Perch (Ocean)
  • Sablefish
  • Sea Bass (Chilean)*
  • Tuna (Albacore*, Yellowfin)

 

Highest Mercury Level

Avoid eating

  • Bluefish
  • Grouper*
  • Mackerel (King)
  • Marlin*
  • Orange Roughy*
  • Shark*
  • Swordfish*
  • Tuna (Bigeye, Ahi)

 

*Overrfished. These fish are perilously low in numbers or are caught using environmentally destructive methods.

is your favourite fish on the list? Let us know in the comments.

 




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