Originally Posted by lilmiss'mama
hmm, I haven't thought about that yet b/c there hasn't been an abundance of fish in my diet right now. We do like tuna, but mostly eat tilapia & some salmon. I have a little pocket fish buying guide you can get online to help you choose which fish are best based from an environmental point of view...buying certain fish from certain parts of the world have less contaminates.
Curious as to what others have to say.
I have been taking purified fish oil supplements from anchovy and sardine sources, even though I would rather just pig out on fish. I won't touch tuna, because some tunas are so much more toxic than the USDA guidelines suggest (according to an article I read) that you really take chances. The other thing is, tuna or not, I won't eat canned fish. I stay away from canned food because all of it is lined with BPA plastic liners, and the food is superheated in the cans, which releases the BPA. So, no *can* do, for me! I won't buy canned food, period, unless it's the rare exception of coconut milk, because it's not available frozen here.
Since I love shellfish but found out that shrimp are either trawled in a way that destroys the ocean floor, or else farm-raised in a way that creates disease and the need for massive antibiotic use, I rarely eat them unless I am having the seasonal treat of local shrimp. Clams and oysters, same thing: they are nature's little filters, in polluted coastal waters. Love them, but not while pg, or if I do eat them at all, I eat the strips instead of the "whole bellies" which contain all their guts and poop.
Also, I read that wild salmon is nearly unavailable in the US (and that labels and restaurants have been caught lying more than once about this!), and farm-raised poses serious environmental risks as well as being polluted and full of antibiotics, so despite wishing I could eat salmon all the time, I eat it very rarely, realizing it's not as healthy as they claim.
Haddock is low in mercury comparatively, but is destructively harvested, whereas Hake is similarly safe, yet much more plentiful and less in danger. So I go for Hake, though I prefer Haddock or Cod.
Smelts are local here, and a good choice... now if I could just figure out how to avoid having them become fish-and-bone-hash in the skillet!
But yes, fish is a darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don't scenario. We humans NEED it for normal health and development. Flax doesn't contain the same type of Omega-3 that fish does. I just try, like you, to make the safest and most responsible fish choices I can, and take purified anchovy and sardine oil supplements.