Best Fish to eat by Mercury Levels

14 12 2010

All fish contain trace amounts of mercury. For most people, the small amounts in fish do not pose a health problem.
The bigger the fish the higher their mercury level is simply because big fish live longer and have more time to absorb higher levels of mercury.
According to the FDA, pregnant women and small children (under 6) should not eat more than 2 servings of fish each week — and should only eat those fish with low mercury content

Here’s a list of fish divided by their level of mercury¬†content:

LOWEST MERCURY

Eat 2-3 servings a week (pregnant women and small children should not eat more than 12 ounces (2 servings):

  • Anchovies
  • Catfish
  • Clam
  • Crab
  • Crawfish
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Mullet
  • Oyster
  • Perch
  • Pollock
  • Salmon
  • Sardine
  • Scallop
  • Shrimp
  • Sole
  • Squid
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Whitefish

MODERATE MERCURY

Eat six servings or fewer per month (pregnant women and small children should avoid these):

  • Bass
  • Carp
  • Cod
  • Halibut
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Monkfish
  • Perch
  • Snapper
  • Tuna (Canned Chunk light)

HIGH MERCURY

Eat three servings or less per month (pregnant women and small children should avoid these):

  • Bluefish
  • Grouper
  • Sea Bass
  • Tuna (Canned Albacore, Yellowfin)

HIGHEST MERCURY

Avoid eating (everyone):

  • Marlin
  • Orange Roughy
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna (Ahi)
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One response

14 12 2010
Innessa

Dear Izabella,

I am a big fish eater. But really, I feel sick when I eat some kind of fish. I was wondering why, what is wrong, I didn`t eat junck foods, so way I feel tired and discomfort in my stomach ?

Now, thanks to you for such good scientific research, I understand that the reason is more mercury in some kind of fish that people are consuming.

I will follow your advices and suggetions, I will be on your great Website more often than before.

Thanks again.

Yours sincerely,

Innessa

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