Daily Archives: October 11, 2011

Eating Fish Can be Very Healthy

     What does a fish say when it runs into a wall?

     “Dam!”

     There is a proverb about what makes a good fish. 

Fish must be able to swim three times!

  1. In water,
  2. In butter, and
  3. In wine.

 

     Yes eating fish can be very healthy. This is not true if fish is cooked improperly, chosen unwisely, stored poorly, or contains toxins.  Fish is one of the most heart-healthy foods.

     Fish has so many positive attributes:

  • High in protein
  • Low in fat
  • High in Alpha 3-6-9 oils

     Knowing that what is eaten comes from a safe water source is comforting.

     One needs to avoid fish with concentrations of mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), pesticides, and dispersant chemicals. Young children, pregnant and nursing mothers are particularly at risk.

  • Perch
  • Shark
  • Sea Bass
  • Kingfish
  • Atlantic Halibut

      These species tend to have the highest concentrations of pesticides and mercury. Bass, especially for instance when over 35 inches long, carry unhealthy levels.

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     Experts suggest that some fish be eaten infrequently, such as once every 14 days.

  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Smelt
  • Anchovies

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     To be on the safe side, it is recommended that the fish guts, head, and bones be discarded.

     Eat the filet only.

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     For more information about which fish are safe to eat, check out these resources:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/Toxic/safe-fish.cfm

http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1521

http://www.ewg.org/safefishlist

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/safe-fish-to-eat.html

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      More information on how to cook fish can be found in the cookbook, Confessions of An Oenophile, published by Outskirts Press and written by David Dailey.

     It may be ordered from Amazon.Com or from Barnes & Noble bookstores.