Wednesday, July 12, 2006
…This little guy obviously is not packing his pocket Seafood Selector. Keep reading.
…Everyone says eating fatty fish full of Omega-3 oils is good for your heart and now, according to an Australian study, it can protect against Age-Related Maculopathy (a serious eye and vision threat).
…But, you ask, isn’t fish full of chemicals and heavy metals from sucking down our increasingly polluted ocean water?
…A group called Environmental Defense has a Seafood Selector (www.oceansalive.org),which helps us know which fish to eat or not eat. (May I say, this is almost the coolest website EVER? I love the SCUBA noises.)
…White fish is low in fat, which is good on a calorie-reducing diet, but oily fish, such as salmon or mackerel, contains the most Omega-3.
…To choose healthy seafood, you need to know where the fish was caught (80% is imported). Supermarkets are required to post this and some smaller stores do, too.
…The problem is, fish can contain all kinds of nonsense you don’t want to eat. Heavy metals, industrial chemicals, pesticides, hormones. Eating these can cause them to build up in your body over time.
…Large predators (swordfish, shark, marlin, and tuna) and long-lived fish (orange roughy, grouper, Pacific rockfish) usually have the most contaminants.
…In preparing fish, you need to remove the parts of the fish where toxins build up. Peel off the skin, and toss the internal organs (including lobster tomalley and crab mustard, sorry, people).
…Grill—allow fat to drain away. Avoid frying—it seals in the toxins.
…Follow local advisories for eating sport fish. Go to http://map1.epa.gov.
…Try to eat fish from a variety of waters.
…Environmental Defense also advises asking your server was the fish farmed or wild, raised in a tank or netpen, where was it caught and using what equipment, and is the fish really the type listed.
…HA predicts this would not yield much info at IHOP, or even The Palm, not that she would know what to make of what she heard.
…You can go to the first site mentioned and print a pocket-sized fish guide.
…At that point, congratulations, you have officially made fish-eating your full-time job.