What Fish Can I Eat?
The Hot Moms Dish on Fish
By: Kate Geagan
It’s summer time and for most folks that’s a cue to head outdoors and fire up the grill. While seafood is a natural choice for health, with increasing concerns about mercury, fishing stock declines, and global warming, here’s an easy go to guide to be sure you’re getting lean, green and sustainable seafood this summer.
1. Focus on the Food chain. Where does your fish sit on the food chain? Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish…these prized fish are at the top of the food chain in the ocean-which means they are some of the most energy-intense fish to bring to your plate. One study ranked Tuna right up there with beef in terms of fossil fuel requirements. This also means greater concerns about mercury/pcb contaminants-so be sure you’re not always choosing fish “at the top”-diversify that shopping cart a bit!
2. Buy Barramundi. And catfish. And tilapia. Instead of salmon, tuna and swordfish, which are at the top of the food chain and have more concerns with mercury, PCBs, and are very energy intensive to go get, try grilling up one of these fish to slash calories and environmental impact. (for example, barramundi is 3x as energy efficient to produce as salmon or tuna and has literally half the calories- and green AND lean overlap).