Kamis, 20 Desember 2012

Fish, mercury

Fish, mercury

Many people think if they just eliminate red meat and poultry from

their diets, their eating healthier. This is partly true, but there

are hazards to eating fish and seafood as well. The harm that humans

have done to the environment has had a direct effect on the fish and

seafood we eat.

There are elements of fish and shellfish are an important part of a

healthy diet. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and

other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain

omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of

fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children's

proper growth and development. So, women and young children in

particular should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the

many nutritional benefits.

However, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For

most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not

a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels

of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child's developing

nervous system. The risks from mercury in fish and shellfish depend on

the amount of fish and shellfish eaten and the levels of mercury in

the fish and shellfish. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration

(FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women

who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young

children to avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that

are lower in mercury.

Is this anyway to eat? In fear of what unhealthy elements are lurking

in the food we eat? Eliminating red meat and eating a more vegetarian

diet is an excellent start on the road to more healthy eating.

Eliminating fish and seafood is one of the final steps towards eating

a complete vegetarian diet and the health benefits that are your

reward for making that change.

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