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Do you know how to make the healthiest choices when buying seafood? I think a lot of people are concerned about which types of fish to buy at the market these days.
It’s certainly understandable since there’s so many choices out there and not all the choices are good. It’s easy to get confused. But there are ways to make the Healthiest Choices When Buying Seafood. The key is finding people you trust.
I know, we’ve all heard terrible things about fish these days from mercury in the sea to unhealthy farmed fish that have been given hormones to make them grow bigger faster. And even to antibiotics and pesticides fed to the fish that fight disease from them swimming in dirty water and even to the practice of adding artificial coloring to their food, so the customer will buy it because it’s visually appealing. All of which are bad for the fish and certainly bad for us. So what do you do? Throw up your hands and just stop eating fish altogether?
No, because eating fish not only helps heart health, but also provides Vitamin A which helps fight cancer. So the best line of attack on this problem is educating yourself on the healthiest types of fish to buy that are not only clean, but that are also sustainable.
Enter someone you can trust. I first discovered The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program when I was doing research for my book, Natural Healing Foods. They have been very active with their Seafood Watch program in helping people make better choices. They also have a free app that you can bring with you to the market or when you go out to eat. But to get you started right now, here is a list of the Healthiest Choices When Buying Seafood. It’s a handy list to keep the next time you visit your market:
Arctic Char (Atlantic farmed is fine)
Barramundi (farmed is fine)
Black Cod (Sablefish)
Back Sea Bass (Atlantic Sea Bass, Black Perch, Rock Bass)
Caribbean Spiny Lobster
Snapper (Pink, Gray and Yellowtail)
Wild Alaskan Salmon
For more information, contact Seafood Watch