I would probably just eat albacore for every meal if I didn't think it would kill me
October 2, 2012 4:57 PM Subscribe
I eat a lot of fish. Since I took over dinner duties for myself and my SO, I've been thinking about the health risks and environmental impact of the stuff we eat. I need some help figuring out the risks of stuff like mercury and the environmental impact of fishing, particularly as compared to eating chicken and pork, which are our other main meat sources.
posted by NoraReed to food & drink (19 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
We get our fish from Trader Joe's and most of the stuff that we've gotten there has been wild-caught, not factory raised, which I know is generally healthier. I'm a bit worried about mercury poisoning, though. Most of the information I've found on mercury in fish has been in regards to children/pregnant women/women who might get pregnant soon, and since neither of us is any of those things, we're not sure what, exactly, is safe.
As far as environmental impact is concerned, we would probably be substituting chicken for fish if we were to cut back on fish (maybe we'd use tofu or textured vegetable protein stuff about once a week, but most likely no more than that), so it's not a fish vs. no fish question so much as a fish vs. other options question.
I would especially appreciate something like a chart of how much I could eat of each kind of seafood, or comparisons of types-- how many oz of crab I could eat instead of 1 oz of albacore, stuff like that.