Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Buy wild caught or farmed fish?

Fish farming.
According to this article, it seems either way you're going to die a slow, miserable, grueling death. Well, nobody said life is fair.

This piece was written by Lea Basch, M.S., RD, the registered dietitian for The Tasteful Pantry. Lea has been in the nutrition industry for over 30 years and was one of the founders of Longmont United Hospital’s nutrition program in Boulder, Colorado.

So there.
Both farmed-raised fish and wild-caught fish have pros and cons. The key is to weigh the positives and negatives and make educated choices that you can live with and line up with your health needs and values.
This depends, of course, on how long your nervous system allows you to stand in the Stop & Shop making a decision. I have about a minute before I get palpitations.
Wild-caught fish are often healthier, with less contamination from man-made toxins because they feed on a natural diet of smaller fish and algae and come into contact with less bacteria and parasites. The downside is that many larger wild fish are high in mercury, and poor fishing methods can harm the ocean habitat and result in overfishing.
You know, over fish all you want. I just wanna live.
Farm-raised fish can have more contamination from toxic industrial chemicals, such as PBCs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and dioxins. They’re often raised in crowded conditions and contain higher rates of bacteria, pesticides, artificial coloring, antibiotics and parasites. The good news is that many farmed fish are now grown in a way that’s better for the environment and healthier for us.
Read her article to get all the fishy details. I'll look for you in Stop & Shop.

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