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Best and Worst Fish Choices

A Guide for a Healthy Body & Planet


  • This article and list fail to mention that while "lake trout" is high in omega-3's, if it comes from one of the Great Lakes or their tributaries, it is not safe to eat more than once a week and not at all for pregnant women and for children. Same for lake whitefish. Sadly, the big lakes are still very polluted and the fish have high PCB and mercury levels. Even though lakeshore industries and municipal sewage plants are not supposed to dump in the lakes, they still do. It's a crime against one of the most beautiful places in the US. - 7/25/2015 8:55:12 AM
  • I won't touch farmed anything with a 10 foot pole! The closest I will get to farmed is fish harvested from traditional Hawai'ian fishponds. I also try to get a lot of my fish from the local fisherman who sell their catch at the Farmer's Markets. I can often find Opah (Moonfish), Aku (Skipjack tuna), Uhu (parrot fish), and Weke (Goatfish). - 12/9/2014 5:11:05 PM
  • This is a very interesting and helpful article. I have recently introduced more fish in my diet as a protein source (I don't eat meat) and I was a bit worried as I have read articles on contaminants in many fish species. Here I have discovered that the fish I mostly choose (salmon, codfish, tuna, hake) are amont the least dangerous ones. Thanks! - 12/9/2014 10:05:17 AM
  • Small suggestion: expand on "light" tuna: CHUNK light, typically made from smaller tuna, has less mercury. Albacore has QUITE A BIT and is "light" in color... I think this is confusing for people. Especially pregnant women, petite people like myself, and children should not be using canned albacore as a staple!!! Larger people can get away with a can or so a week... - 6/6/2014 9:16:50 AM
  • Incredibly helpful article - I don't believe I've ever seen the statistics not only on omega-3 amounts, but also for the contaminants (especially mercury). Great report!!! - 6/6/2014 2:25:48 AM
    I am told to eat fish 3 days a week, but cannot stand the fishy taste. Cod and canned tuna is about all I can handle but feel I am losing out on the benefits the other fish have to offer, Any tips to get me through? - 10/8/2013 11:08:52 AM
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    I eat quite a bit of Tilapia and I didnt see it on the list of Omega-3;s. - 8/1/2013 11:04:15 AM
  • I love my fish but this was great info. - 6/30/2013 9:53:28 AM
  • The issue is that most fish is actually poisoned with mercury and other hard metals. Also, most of the fish you buy or get at a restaurant is not actually the fish you think it is.
    united-states-20130221 - 4/30/2013 12:24:06 PM
  • The problem isn't just overfishing of one species but the enormous amount of waste involved in the industry. With net fishing, massive amounts of marine life are killed and discarded for the sake of a relatively small amount of yield that makes it to the market. - 4/30/2013 11:28:04 AM
  • I have found that the individually portioned salmon and tuna are great go-to add ons to my salad. I always keep some in my desk drawer and having them convenient reminds me to eat more fish.

    I need to become more adventurous to buy fish in the market and prepare it for the family -right now it is usually mussles and shrimp. Thanks for a great article! - 4/30/2013 11:08:51 AM
  • My husband was a commercial lobsterman and a commercial fisherman before he became a capt. of a geophysical research boat, and then capt of tugs for over 40 years. I was a worker for the Barnegat Lighthouse fish store near where we live. We love fish. I know wild fish is better for you, but we are depleting our oceans. Farmed fish comes a 2nd choice. We love lobsters, but it takes many years to grow. They can live to very old ages. It's a beautiful animal and the are being depleted from our oceans due to our greed. The bigger the lobster, the tougher the meat. The latter can be chopped and used for salads. We very rarely eat a lobster. - 4/30/2013 9:45:57 AM
    I came to this article confused....I leave this article confused....I stick with salmon and tuna.... - 4/30/2013 1:19:55 AM
  • I personally cannot stand mackerel, which is a shame since it is high in the omegas; the fish I like is not on here, parrot fish, bream, red snapper; are these fishes not healthy? - 4/1/2013 7:01:28 AM
    not all fish is equal, interesting - 2/11/2013 2:38:15 PM

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