3 Things to Consider When Selecting Fish
Reeling in the best catch is harder than I thought, especially when it comes to choosing which fish to enjoy. I don’t know about you, but I know when the weather starts to warm up my taste for fish has a direct correlation. And that can be a good thing. Fish, especially white-fleshed fish, is high in protein and low in fat. It is also delicious in many dishes like our Lemon Fish, Tasty Fish Tacos and Foiled Fish on the Grill. Pair that with our Kick Ass Fruit Platter and celebrate the season. Before you dive in consider how overfishing, high mercury levels and Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in which fish is best for you and your family.
What you should know:
Overfishing is the cause of 87 percent of the world’s assessed fish stocks being classified as over exploited or fully exploited. And nine out of 10 large predatory fish such as tuna, marlin and swordfish are nearly gone. Being mindful of overfishing is a way to protect the ocean’s habitat.
Mercury is a naturally occurring, toxic metal. It’s very dangerous for children, as mercury targets the developing nervous system and kidneys. Mercury can also be harmful to adults. Extremely high mercury levels can permanently damage an adult’s brain and kidneys, or even lead to circulatory failure.
Omega-3 fatty acids are part of a healthy diet and their benefits are abundant. Omega-3s can help lower triglycerides and blood pressure, aid in brain function and help reduce inflammation. Studies show Omega-3 fatty acids may help with other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, depression and a variety of other health conditions.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has a helpful and easy-to-use EDF Fish Selector to help you make the right choice for you and our oceans. Find out what fishes are the best, worst and healthiest. Their list also includes a guide to sushi. Find the EDF Fish Selector and more information here.