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Friday, September 25, 2015
As we discussed last week (
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) marine scientists released a report stating that if current fishing practices continue, the world's major fish populations will be in danger of catastrophic collapse.
Hair-raising stories like this have prompted a growing percentage of consumers to seek alternatives to endangered ocean species.
By staying informed and making knowledgeable choices about the fish you consume, you can enjoy the numerous health benefits of eating sustainable fish and seafood, while ensuring that marine life will flourish and continue to be around for future generations.
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With careful attention to the nature and origins of the fish and seafood you consume, you can effectively reduce your impact on marine populations while also enjoying its flavors and health benefits. The best way to avoid the toxins present in many fish is to drastically decrease your consumption of salmon, tuna, swordfish, and sharks. As some of the longest-living, largest fish in the ocean, these fish tend to accumulate the most toxins in their bodies.
Sustainable tuna and salmon, in particular, come widely recommended as a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, purported to lower rates of heart disease and boost healthy cell function. But there are alternative choices that boast the same health benefits:
These are all great alternatives, in part because they have shorter life spans and don't accumulate as many toxins as the bigger cold-water fish. They also provide a great alternative because they rank amongst the less endangered species, breed faster, and eat much lower on the marine food chain.
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