As most of you know we are looking at food differently these days. We are no longer looking at it simply as fuel. Thanks to the big companies adding unnatural sugars and carcinogens to your food for the benefits of profit; we must be more vigilant than ever. Farming with grain and corn rather than grass and natural substances the earth provides leads me to fish. I’ve covered proteins in the past, looking at healthy vs. damaging in respect to your nervous systems. Keep in mind weight loss starts in your gut. Healthy gut flora needs to be achieved if we want to lose weight and sustain the healthy lifestyle. We are understanding that farm raised fish is rife with contaminants that are harmful to your body. Your nervous systems pay the price wreaking havoc on the rest of the body causing inflammation, weight gain, fatigue, suppression of the immune system as well as mental and physical stress.
If you live on planet earth today then you have most likely heard that it is wise to moderate the amount of fish you eat in order to avoid the heavy metal mercury. This is especially true for pregnant women as exposure in the womb can adversely affect the growing baby’s brain and nervous system.
Research has found that high levels of mercury can also harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system of people of any age, although pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding and children are at significantly higher risk.
This wouldn’t be such a bummer if wild fish weren’t such an amazing source of many vital nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to reduce inflammation and thereby decrease the incidence of heart disease, improve cognitive functioning, lower your risk of cancer and prevent dementia among others. Farm raised fish is stripped of omega-3 fatty acids by half.
Clearly, benefits like these should not be taken lightly in this day and disease-ridden age. That is why I am extremely excited to share the research I stumbled across in a genius article written by expert Chris Kesser.
Kesser presents research conducted at the University of North Dakota by Nicholas Ralston that demonstrated that selenium seems to have the ability to neutralize the effects of mercury. When a fish contains selenium in greater amounts than mercury, it will bind with the mercury and form an entirely separate compound, thereby serving as a buffering system.
The good news is that almost all fish that are commonly consumed fall into this category.
Wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, and cod are considered safe! This means great things for our health.
The 6 fish that contain more mercury than selenium are listed below, which means they should be avoided like the plague:
- Pilot whale
Fortunately, I don’t know anyone who will be upset by a pilot whale restriction. But, there is one final type of fish that everyone will want to avoid and that is... Farm-raised fish, sitting at number 6. Be sure to always opt for wild fish.
Farmed fish have 20% lower amounts of protein (a USDA review confirmed this), fewer omega-3 fatty acids, too many omega-6 fatty acids (this imbalance of fatty acids leads to inflammation), and may contain dyes, antibiotics, and even pesticides.
Studies conducted by the Environmental Working Group have also shown that farm-raised fish contain sixteen times more Polychlorinated Bisphenols, which are substances linked to cancer development. Dioxins, which are carcinogenic substances that impair the immune, endocrine, nervous and reproductive systems, have also been found in a study conducted by the University of New York to be 11x higher in farm-raised fish. Farming fish also creates a large amount of waste and puts a strain on the environment.
So, now we all understand that we can go ahead and eat wild fish with abandon. Just avoid the six fish listed above (shark, pilot whale, swordfish, tarpon, marlin and farmed fish).
And remember, fish are only one animal source that you need to know how to choose the highest quality source if you want to avoid toxins and get the most nutritional bang for your buck.
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