For a definitive list of best and worst choices for eating fish, the best article
can be found in most recent online edition of Better Homes and Gardens.
The article is called, 6 of the Healthiest Fish to Eat, ( And 6 to Avoid).
The article by Brierley Wright, M.S., RD, focuses on the environmental
aspects of where the fish are produced, and such things as levels of
mercury that can potentially be found in certain fish.
The author says, "Fortunately Seafood Watch, the program run by the
Monterey Bay, Aquarium has combined data from the leading health
organizations and environmental groups to come up with its list
'Super Green: Best of the Best', of seafood that's good for you
and the environment. While certain varieties of fish may be healthy
on their own, where the fish is coming from is a higher piority.
The six best and healthiest fish to eat at this point are: 1-- Albacore Tuna,
from the United States and British Columbia, 2--Salmon (Wild-- Caught, from
Alaska), 3--Oysters (Farmed), 4--Sardines (Pacific, Wild-Caught),
5--Rainbow Trout (Farmed), 6--Freshwater Coho Salmon,
(Farmed in United States).
The six worst fish to eat for your health ( and from a sustainability standpoint),
are: 1--Blue Fin tuna. This species of tuna is considered to have
higher than normal levels of murcury and PCB's ,( stands for
Polychlorinated Biphenyl), which cause liver dysfuntion in humans,
and are considered by many to be a carcinogen (causing cancer).
2--Chilean Sea Bass.This fish is almost depleted except for
a few "appoved fisheries". Citizens of Chile are discouraged from eating
it, due to high mercury levels.
3--Grouper--this species of fish has also been over " fished" and has
a consumption advisory out for it from the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund).
4--Monkfish-- which have certain popularity, have been over"fished".
5--Orange roughy--Orange roughy live over 100 years, so are considered
to have higher than normal levels of mercury.
6--Farmed Salmon--All salmon labeled "Atlantic salmon" are farmed.
It is best, today to avoid any salmon that are labeled, Atlantic Salmon.
These types of fish are "raised" in nets full of parasites and disease.
As the articles says," There is hope that consumer pressure will encourage
more farms to adopt better practices."
To read this article, go to--www.bhg.com