Methyl mercury toxicity usually comes in the way of eating more fish. However, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the only people who need to be concerned about mercury toxicity are pregnant women, those who might get pregnant, nursing women, and young children. Even the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers 12 ounces of fish low in mercury to be safe safe.
If you fall in one of the categories above, this is what you need to know.
- Fish high in mercury: AVOID
These are king mackerel, shark, swordfish, and tilefish. And if by any chance you get your hands on whale, make sure it doesn’t go in your mouth too.
- Fish medium in mercury: LIMIT to 6 ounces a week
This is your Albacore, or white, tuna. It has more mercury than light tuna. So either limit to 6 ounces a week or choose light tuna instead.
- Fish low in mercury: LIMIT to 12 ounces a week
This means all other fish not listed above. There is a wide variety to choose from. Try salmon, trout, flounder, talapia, herring, cod, shrimp, scalops, sea bass, light tuna, sardines, and more!
Have a fishy day!