Bad Fish – Part 1
Jun 18, 2015
This post is the first in a series of the worst fish to eat. I think that it is important to pass on this information about fish as it pertains to your health, which you may not have seen before.
Atlantic Cod (a.k.a. Gadus morhua, rock cod, codling, scrod cod) – There are a couple of good reasons to eat less of this fish. First is the way it is harvested in the ocean. They are primarily caught with bottom trawls. Additional types of fishing gear include gillnets, seines, hooks-and-lines, traps and pound nets. When the Atlantic cod are caught with bottom trawls, the bottom habitat can be damaged and result in considerable by-catch of other ground fish species (such as halibut and flounder). Ideally, if you are going to eat this fish then look for cod that has been caught by hook-and-line.
Second, from a health perspective, if you decide to eat it I recommend the following due to unknown contaminant levels: adults and children should eat no more than 4 meals that include this fish per month.
If you like fish here are a few good alternatives: Alaska pollock (U.S.), Pacific cod caught by long-line and Pacific halibut. I do have some concerns about anything coming out of the Pacific Ocean, however these fish usually dwell in the cold waters around Alaska.
The Pacific Ocean now has minute amounts of radioactive particles floating around and incorporating into the sea life and vegetables.
The best we can do is feed our body as much clean foods and water as possible. We should also take high potency supplements to fortify the immune system, our first line of defense.
Remember, vitamins are essential for the building of antibodies and for other aspects of the immune system.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.