Healthy eating occasionally requires a little research. Many of the beautiful cuts of fish available in stores are farm sourced. Farm sourced means these fish are raised in large pens, or netted areas. The problem with these farmed fish is often what’s in the food they are fed. Farmed fish can contain excessive levels of mercury and even pesticides, toxins that earn them them the distinction toxic fish. Furthermore, depending on the location of the farm and the drift and current patterns, farmed fish can contain high levels of PCB’s or chemicals from sewage.
Bigger predatory fish including tuna and bass typically have more toxins than their smaller counterparts. The positive and delicious solution is wild caught fish. Healthy wild fish like salmon, trout, sardines and herring are rich in healthy fats, including Omega-3 fatty acids. And the wild fish will taste better because they are eating their natural diet, and aren’t being bulked up with hormones or chemicals.
By the way, in the picture, the “white stuff” on the fish – which a lot of people think is fat – is really protein, like egg white, leaching out of the fish as it cooks. Check here for some tips on how to keep that protein inside your fish during cooking. Consider talking to us about this – and other healthy lifestyle alternatives – at your next appointment by clicking here.