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Do You Worry About Mercury in the Fish You Eat?

Fish is one of those lean, healthy proteins that many of us are trying to eat. Many fish are great sources for the omega-3 fatty acids sorely lacking in the American diet. However, many fish contain high levels of mercury. Even the once-thought-safe fish of choice tuna has been found to contain dangerous level, be it canned or in its raw sushi form.

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
I eat more fish than probably ANYONE on the planet (my portions are HUGE - like 12 ounces at a time) so I am probably full of mercury!!! I worry about it (that's why I eat tuna RARELY) but I do eat Salmon & Trout all the time!!!
aoitenshi aoitenshi 8 years
I love fish, but I don't eat it everyday so I don't worry about it.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I love seafood but I am very aware of where my fish comes from. It is either my dad's freezer or my organic market.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 8 years
nope. I'm a vegetarian, and I never liked fish before that.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
that murcury sounds so BS, only USA is worried about it, no other countries do... anyway, i don't that much fish (unfortunately) to be worried.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love tuna and that's about the only fish I eat. So I don't worry too much...
ElissaM ElissaM 8 years
I eat salmon once or twice a week, sushi once a week on average and canned tuna rarely...I don't feel like I eat enough mercury to worry about..
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I love fish but I do not eat enough at this point where mercury is really a problem Someone mentioned tilapia- I saw an episode of Dirty Jobs where they showed what they use tilapia for. They throw them into dirty poopy water to eat the microorganisms in it. Then they take that fish and sell it to you. They specially do this in California. I haven't eaten tilapia since
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I love fish but I do not eat enough at this point where mercury is really a problemSomeone mentioned tilapia- I saw an episode of Dirty Jobs where they showed what they use tilapia for. They throw them into dirty poopy water to eat the microorganisms in it. Then they take that fish and sell it to you. They specially do this in California. I haven't eaten tilapia since
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Yes mercury content is a concern for me. As is where a fish was caught from. There are toxins and bacteria (Red Tide) that are just as bad in small quantities as mercury and I have had serious reactions to traces of toxins in fish. So there are fish that I completely avoid eating or that I limit my consumption of to avoid problems. I cannot eat fish from the American side of the Atlantic Ocean because of their diet - I'm allergic to what those fish eat. I cannot eat farm raised fish - again because I'm allergic to their diet. And I cannot eat red fishes or anything shellfish because of their iodine content - highly allergic to that. I don't eat fish caught in certain areas of SoCal because of Red Tide and high bacteria levels in certain areas where the fish migrate or are caught. So that leaves me with some Pacific Northwest wild caught fish and wild caught not farm raise Alaskan fish. See I mean I have to be that particular about fish.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Yes mercury content is a concern for me. As is where a fish was caught from. There are toxins and bacteria (Red Tide) that are just as bad in small quantities as mercury and I have had serious reactions to traces of toxins in fish. So there are fish that I completely avoid eating or that I limit my consumption of to avoid problems.I cannot eat fish from the American side of the Atlantic Ocean because of their diet - I'm allergic to what those fish eat. I cannot eat farm raised fish - again because I'm allergic to their diet. And I cannot eat red fishes or anything shellfish because of their iodine content - highly allergic to that. I don't eat fish caught in certain areas of SoCal because of Red Tide and high bacteria levels in certain areas where the fish migrate or are caught. So that leaves me with some Pacific Northwest wild caught fish and wild caught not farm raise Alaskan fish.See I mean I have to be that particular about fish.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I hate most fish, so I usually just take fish oil pills and don't worry about the Hg content.
jill37 jill37 8 years
I only worry about certain fish, like swordfish and striped bass, that are extremely high in mercury.
smarler smarler 8 years
I eat fish about once a week, specifically in sushi. But if started incorporating veggie sushi in my weekly ritual, so I am cutting back.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
i don't mind. most of the time when i eat fish i just eat it because i like it.
Novaraen Novaraen 8 years
I only worried about this when i was pregnant with my twins. Fish is sooo good for you though...it seems as if you have scared some people off from eating it now. :(....NOT ME though!! :D
Novaraen Novaraen 8 years
I only worried about this when i was pregnant with my twins. Fish is sooo good for you though...it seems as if you have scared some people off from eating it now. :(....NOT ME though!! :D
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Some fish, such as tilapia and catfish, have low levels of mercury, so those fishes are not a cause for concern.
emily60608 emily60608 8 years
mercury isn't just bad if you're going to have kids, it basically causes brain damage! farm raised salmon is ok for mercury though & has omega-3 that is good for u
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 8 years
I have tuna 2-3 times a week and salmon like once a month. It doesn't concern me at all.
Abbigail Abbigail 8 years
Thats really unfortunate because I love fish! I guess I'll try to scale back?
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
i wish i liked fish b/c its healthy but i don't.
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
I just eat fish every once and a while. So I'm not worried.
renaimarie renaimarie 8 years
I work for a seafood wholesaler, so I eat a lot of fish- but I don't HAVE to worry about mercury content because I know the origin of everything that I eat.
renaimarie renaimarie 8 years
I work for a seafood wholesaler, so I eat a lot of fish- but I don't HAVE to worry about mercury content because I know the origin of everything that I eat.
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