Fish and Seafood. Are they healthy?

So here we are trying to debunk the last animal protein, fish. Not really, these are just the reasons why I chose not to eat them anymore and I thought that there are others that need this motivation also. But this article is actually helpful for anyone that is trying to eat more healthy, for anyone that is concerned about their health and they don’t take it for granted. If you travel a lot you should take into consideration the following points. So here we are… These are the reasons why I no longer consider fish to be a healthy source of protein:

1. Fish contains a big amount of mercury

The mercury standards for the US are 1 ppm (part per million), while the UE and Canada’s standards are 0.5 ppm, and Japan has set its limit even lower than this. This type of metal poisoning might be really severe, its symptoms depend upon the type, dose, method, and duration of exposure.

The consumption of fish is by far the most significant source of ingestion-related mercury exposure in humans. Source Wikipedia – Mercury Poisoning

2. Fish oil contains PCBs(polychlorinated biphenyl compounds)

PCBs are organic chlorine compounds and they were used as dielectric and coolant fluids in electrical machines. Unfortunately, they are still in use, event though they were banned in the 60s. They are carcinogens and many rivers and buildings(schools, parks, etc.) are contaminated with PCBs. This is why food supplies have been contaminated also with this toxins.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are industrial chemicals that were manufactured from 1929 until 1979 when they were banned. PCBs have been shown to cause adverse health effects, including potential cancers, and negative effects on the immune, nervous and endocrine systems.  Mayo Clinic blog

3. Fish contains artificial coloring

In order to obtain that natural pink color, the aquaculture industry feeds farmed fish with artificial coloring. Basically, there is a color palette and the buyer can choose the color that he wants his fish to have. All this happens because there is such a big demand for fish that they have built fish farms, the farms are overcrowded(just like any other animal farm) and the fish doesn’t develop in normal conditions, which is why normally these fishes have a gray coloring of the flesh.

4. Fish contains malachite green and Anisakis warms

Malachite green is an organic compound illegal to use in food because it causes cancer and birth effects but it used as an antimicrobial in aquaculture. Malachite green is not prepared from the mineral malachite, its name comes from the similarity of color. This compound is traditionally used as a dye for materials such as silk, leather, and paper.

Anisakis, on the other hand, is a worm that can be that allergenic to the human body that even if it is alive or not it can cause serious reactions. I don’t even have to mention what would happen if you would eat the fish raw, as sushi.

5. It contains high levels of cholesterol

Yes, it does! Of course, that one type of fish can contain more than the other, but can you imagine that shrimps can have up to 161 mg of cholesterol? And no, it is not ok to get cholesterol from another source, your body produces enough, more than this it is not healthy. You can read more about cholesterol here.

To sum up, as much as I don’t like it to say, no one, but no one cares more about you than yourself, or at least you should. In your life you are the most important person, if you are ok, everything else is ok.

Good luck with educating yourself about your body, good luck with making better and conscious decisions.

Next, we will be talking about water and how important it is for our bodies, so stay tuned!

References:

  • Freelee – 5 reasons to stop eating fish, link here
  • Wikipedia – Mercury poisoning, link here
  • Mayo Clinic, Nutrition-wise blog, link here
  • Wikipedia – Malachite Green, link here
  • Healthline blog – Fish and cholesterol, link here

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