Today’s Health Tip ~ Which Fish Have the Lowest Mercury Content?

In general, a good rule of thumb when it comes to mercury content is to consider the size of the fish. Smaller fish such as salmon, scallops, sardines and shrimp contain less mercury than their larger predators such as bigeye tuna and swordfish. (This information is from Livestrong.com)

Fish to avoid:

  • Bigeye tuna
  • King mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Orange roughy
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish (Gulf of Mexico)

Seafood With the Lowest Mercury Content

Eat 2 to 3 times a week:

  • Anchovies
  • Atlantic croaker
  • Atlantic and Pacific chub mackerels
  • Black sea bass
  • Butterfish
  • Catfish
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Crab
  • Crawfish
  • Flounder
  • Freshwater trout
  • Haddock
  • Hake
  • Herring
  • American spiny lobster
  • Mullet
  • Oyster
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Plaice
  • Pollock
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Scallops
  • Shad
  • Shrimp
  • Skate
  • Smelt
  • Sole
  • Squid (calamari)
  • Tilapia
  • Tuna (canned light, skipjack)
  • Whitefish
  • Whiting

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