Does your family eat fish as part of your well-balanced diet?
Here are some things to think about:
- There is a big difference between eating farm-raised fish vs. wild caught. Check your label! Farm-raised fish have a lot more toxins than wild caught fish. Farm-raised fish swim around in small pools with way too many other fish, likely eating a diet of GMO corn and each other's poop. Yuck!
"Currently, more than half the salmon sold globally is farm raised, primarily in northern Europe, Chile, Canada, and the United States. [...] The health benefits, primarily in terms of prevention of sudden cardiac death, of eating fish such as salmon have been well documented (Daviglus et al. 2002; Harper and Jacobson 2001); however, both farmed and wild salmon have been shown to accumulate a variety of toxic pollutants, some of which may counteract the beneficial effects of the omega-3 fatty acids present in fish and may increase risk of other diseases (Hites et al. 2004a, 2004b)." Journal found in the US National National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health.
- "For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill." Check out the documentary, Cowspiracy, for more information.
- Tilapia is one of the dirtiest fish you can eat, absorbing way more toxins than we should be consuming.
Fish is not the only source of Omega-3. Instead of fish, choose seeds like flax or chia, leafy greens like spinach or arugula, or red kidney beans.
Moral of the story: we need to rethink everything we eat. Food has changed drastically over the last 30 years. Science has far surpassed our body's ability to absorb many foods. Plants contain all the necessary minerals and vitamins our body needs to survive.