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Monday, September 26, 2011

Detox Your Life – Part 4 of 8

The following is a series of weekly tips to detox your life

TIP#4 No More Mercury on the Menu

Omega -6 essential fatty acids (EFA) are more common in the North America diet than that of Omega-3 EFA. The ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in our diet today is 10:1 or 15:1, whereas experts recommend an ideal ratio of 1:3 to 3:1.

In an attempt to consume more Omega-3 EFA most people try to include more fish in their diets. Fish are important in a healthy diet. They are a lean, low-calorie source of protein. However, some fish may contain methyl mercury or other harmful chemicals at sufficiently high levels to be a concern. Even low amounts of mercury can cause health problems.

Below is a chart of alternative fish sources and their relative mercury levels.

Highest Mercury
AVOID Eating
·                   Marlin
·                   Orange roughy
·                   Tilefish
·                   Swordfish
·                   Shark
·                   Mackerel (king)
·                   Tuna ( bigeye, Ahi)
High Mercury
Eat no more than three 6-oz servings per month
·                   Sea Bass (Chilean)
·                   Bluefish
·                   Grouper
·                   Mackeral ( Spanish, Gulf)
·                   Tuna (canned, white albacore) See tuna chart below
·                   Tuna ( Yellowfin)
Lower Mercury
Eat no more than six 6-oz servings per month
·                   Bass ( Striped, Black)
·                   Carp
·                   Cod ( Alaskan)
·                   Croaker ( White Pacific)
·                   Halibut ( Pacific and Atlantic) Jacksmelt ( Silverside)
·                   Lobster
·                   Mahi Mahi
·                   Monkfish
·                   Perch (freshwater)
·                   Sablefish
·                   Skate
·                   Snapper
·                   Sea Trout ( Weakfish)
·                   Tuna (canned, chunk light)
·                   Tuna (Skipjack)
Lowest Mercury
Enjoy two 6-oz servings per week
·                   Anchovies
·                   Butterfish
·                   Catfish
·                   Clam
·                   Crab (Domestic)
·                   Crawfish/crayfish
·                   Croaker
·                   Flounder
·                   Haddock
·                   Hake
·                   Herring
·                   Mackeral (N Atlantic, Chub)
·                   Mullet
·                   Oysters
·                   Perch (ocean)
·                   Plaice
·                   Salmon ( Canned, Fresh)
·                   Sardines
·                   Scallops
·                   Shad ( American)
·                   Shrimp
·                   Sole
·                   Squid ( Calamari)
·                   Tilapia
·                   Trout (freshwater)
·                   Whitefish
·                   Whiting
Chart obtained from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC); data obtained by the FDA and the EPA.

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