Think you know what kind of fish you’re getting when you shop, dine out, or eat sushi? You don’t, according to a new study that says something’s fishy in New York City. According to the report, a majority of grocery stores and restaurants were caught forÂ mislabeling their seafood and sushi and selling customers a cheaper fish substitute–an act which could have major health implications. More
After the BP oil spill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was safe to continue eating Gulf seafood. But a new study says that pregnant women and children should avoid it, thanks to heightened levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), compounds found in oil, gasoline and coal that have been linked to cancer. But I can’t help but wonder: if it’s not safe for them, shouldn’t we avoid it, too? More
Fish is one of the healthiest foods you can eatâ€”if you’re eating the right kind. So far, we’ve explored the wild caught vs. farm-raised debate, and ways to tell if your fish was harvested sustainably. Now let’s tackle the mercury question, shall we? There’s been so much hype surrounding fish and mercury that I think a lot of us aren’t sure whether our seafood dinner is tantamount to sucking down an old thermometer, but the good news is that mercury in fish might pose less of a problem than you believe. Some of the fish we eat most often, like shrimp, salmon and tilapia, show consistently low levels of mercury contamination. As long as you avoid (or don’t eat too much of) certain types of fishâ€”most of which are fish we consume less of in America anywayâ€”you should be just fine on the mercury front. More
The Marine Stewardship Council is the only global sustainable-seafood certifier, the gold-standard for environmentally-friendly fish. Last week, we discussed why it could be better to eat wild-caught rather than farmed fish. If you want to be sure that wild-caught fish you’re buying is eco-friendly, look for the blue, eco-certified MSC label. More
I know I should eat more fishâ€”it’s one of the consistent links between most healthy dietsâ€”but Iâ€™m often deterred by both cost and confusion over whatâ€™s the â€˜goodâ€™ or â€˜badâ€™ kind of fish to buy. Farm-raised or wild-caught? Is frozen okay? What about canned tuna or smoked salmon? Which kinds have too much mercury? And is cheap fish necessarily bad (because that $2.50-per-pound perch is calling my name â€¦)? Between my health, the environment and animal rights concerns, I’m lost. More
Food & Water Watch just released the 2010 Smart Seafood Guide, which names its own Dirty Dozen â€“ just like the 12 fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic. It’s made up of seafood that doesn’t meet at least two of the criteria created by Food & Water Watch, which focused on health issues, socioeconomic impact, and sustainability:
1. King crab: Despite being fished domestically, the bulk of king crab in the U.S. is imported from Russia, and isn’t well-regulated.
2. Caviar from beluga: This coveted species is often overfished and poached.
3. Atlantic bluefin tuna: These fish could be contaminated with mercury and PCB â€” plus, they’re overfished. More
A Maine lobsterman is trying to take the lobstering tradition back to the old days â€” for the environment. Nat Hussey is using recycled gear that he found on the shore; propels his boat through pure manpower; and pulls up … More
Popular wisdom Says: Eat fish. It’s good for you. Wait, no. Don’t! Fish contains toxic chemicals that you shouldn’t consume. If you’re as confused as we are about the conflicting messages about the risks and benefits of including fish in … More
Shrimp season is fast approaching, and Gulf of Mexico fisherman are worried that theÂ ”smell test” being by used by scientists to check for BP oil contamination just isn’t good enough. Um, “smell test”? This being 2010, isn’t there isn’t an … More
Potato chips are one of the most delicious parts of a July 4th barbecue. Of course, we try to stick to the baked, not-as-terrible-for-you kind (honest). But if we were to indulge in some fried, greasy goodness, you can bet … More