Even a 5 year-old who has been to the local aquarium can tell you not all fish are alike. Since mercury and industrial chemicals, such as pesticides and PCBs contaminate fish, which ones you eat can make a difference in your health and the health of the environment.
Both wild and farm-raised fish come with caveats. As larger fish eat smaller fish, toxins concentrate and become even more dangerous for humans. Poorly managed fish farms can damage the environment by releasing chemicals (antibiotics and pesticides), parasites, and fish waste into oceans and other water systems.
Top fish to avoid:
- Big, predatory fish, like swordfish, shark, and king mackerel
- Farmed salmon
- Chilean sea bass
- Atlantic cod
- Orange roughy
- US Atlantic founder, halibut and sole
With all this scary talk about the harm eating fish can do, don’t forget this important point: The whole reason to eat fish is help reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and obesity. So, which fish to eat?
- Wild albacore tuna, troll or pole caught in the US or British Columbia
- Farmed oysters
- Wild Pacific sardines
- Farmed rainbow trout
- Wild Alaskan salmon
Following a heart healthy diet is the one of the most important steps we can take to prevent Alzheimer’s. Fish is a very significant part of this, because adding it to our diets on a regular basis helps to keep arteries healthy and blood flowing freely to the brain, nourishing it with oxygen and glucose. Exercise also supports this oxygenated blood flow to the brain.
At Home Care Assistance, our focus on healthy living begins with training all our caregivers in the Balanced Care Method* to help promote optimal well being and quality of life for our clients. For those of you currently caring for a loved one, visit our site to learn more about the Balanced Care Method and how it supports healthy living through dietary factors, physical and mental stimulation, and calmness and sense of purpose. Our clients love this approach, since it helps them continue to live at home and maintain their independence.
*Home Care Assistance developed a revolutionary and proprietary approach to senior care based on these centenarian studies called The Balanced Care Method™. The Method seeks to capture some of the Okinawan lifestyle factors supporting healthy longevity; it ultimately views aging as a rich and meaningful part of life.
Many thanks to MontereyBayAquarium.org/seafood (where you can go for more information and options) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.