Are we missing out on goodness of seafood because we are too scared?

Recently, there was an article published in a famous daily that Americans are no longer eating as much seafood as they should. The reason attributed to this is that, various health groups and environmental groups are overstating the risks of biting in to seafood.

It is widely known and accepted that seafood is very healthy and it has nutrients that will enrich our system. But, there are also fast spreading concerns about the risks of eating seafood. The other issue with seafood is that the one of sustainability.

Americans are not eating enough seafood. Not because they want to maintain the ecosystem but mainly because of all the information that is going around that tells people about mercury poisoning etc. A specialist says “Every American doesn’t need to worry about mercury every time they buy fish. If you’re one of those people who eats fish once in a while, this is not something to obsess about. But if you eat fish three, four, or five times a week, then give some thought to the kinds of fish you’re eating.”

Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 reduces the risk of heart disease and increases neurodevelopment in fetuses. But the goodness of fish has been out shadowed by the threats of mercury exposure. Mercury is known to harm developing brains and nervous systems.

The major issue here is not the mercury present in the seafood but the incomplete information that people receive. When a research paper was published saying, a certain demographic of people including children and pregnant women should refrain from eating swordfish and shark among some other fish. But that was not how this piece of information was received. Even the people outside the demographic adapted this and gave up on eating those. This meant that all those people are losing out on the benefits that are offered by those foods.

Researchers say “Does this mean that people should no longer eat fish? Of course not. But it does mean that the scientific community owes it to the seafood-consuming public to be transparent about the health implications of seafood choices. In most cases the benefits of sensible fish consumption do outweigh the risks. But knowing how much fish consumption is too much is crucial public health information”

This is what the public has to lookout for. Not fear every bite of seafood they take.

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