April 15, 2004:
Why You Should Never Eat Swordfish
with Jane Kirby, Eating Well Magazine
You may really like a good piece of swordfish for dinner, but
really you shouldn't eat it.
It's not a healthy fish, and there are other ones that you can
registered dietitian, and contributing editor for Eating Well
Magazine, which has an article about this in the current issue,
says the problem is mercury.
is a very big problem in fish. The older and the larger the
fish are the more mercury they're going to have. If you are
a big shark and you're high up on the food supply, you've eaten
a lot of fish who have eaten a lot of other fish, who have eaten
of other fish, all of which have mercury in it. So what has
been recommended is to avoid fish that is on top of the food
supply, namely shark and swordfish.
problem with fish is a contaminate called PCB.
reported recently that farm raised salmon has quite a few PCB's
in it. What we have found out when we analyzed the data was
that the science behind that study was not very good. And PCB
levels in fish is not as big a concern as the mercury levels.
fish is safe to eat?
cod, flounder is great, halibut, mahi-mahi is a good one, and
all of these are very abundant, rich in omega threes and have
safe levels of mercury. Tilapia is a good one. Trout is also
a good one.
a free downloadable chart about fish safety at the Eating Well
web site, which you
can link to from ours somethingyoushouldknow.net.
I'm Mike Carruthers and that's Something You Should Know.