Magazine article Work & Family Life

Benefits of Eating Fish Outweigh the Risks

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Benefits of Eating Fish Outweigh the Risks

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We know that seafood is good for the heart, but we're concerned about mercury and other contaminants. Two recent reports have come out to help put the benefits and risks of eating fish into perspective.

One is from the federal Institute of Medicine (IOM) and is available on the Internet (Google IOM fish report). The other, from the Harvard Medical School, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Based on these two studies, here are some practical suggestions for healthy seafood consumption:

* Eat fish twice a week unless you are pregnant or plan to be. Choose variety - don't eat the same kind over and over again. Cold-water salmon and herring have low levels of mercury and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Shrimp, clams, flounder, cod, pollock and sole also have low levels of mercury. Baking or broiling helps retain nutrients. Avoid frying fish.

* Tuna is high in mercury, so limit your consumption to ho more than once a week and switch to light canned tuna packed in water. …

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