Is it Safe to Eat Shellfish With Heavy Metals?
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so editor the question recently on shellfish in relationship to them having heavy metals and is it okay to consume those food so I’m gonna give you my two cents we’re talking about shrimp lobster crab mussels oysters and there are other ones as well now the good thing about shellfish is that they’re loaded with minerals and trace minerals like zinc for example and selenium and they also have a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids and they’re very high-quality sources of protein so that’s the positive the negative is that they do come with the package heavy metals cadmium mercury even black okay so for that reason I would recommend not consuming them as often I would say once per week if you’re pregnant don’t consume them at all and get your trace minerals from an organic seek help harvested from a very healthy part of the world while khat is usually better than farm-raised however just because something is well caught doesn’t mean it doesn’t have heavy metals as well but overall wild-caught is just higher quality now here’s the good thing about shellfish it has selenium selenium helps to detoxify mercury and other heavy metals because this is involved in certain enzymes in your body that actually protect you against heavy metals so that’s good of course you’d want to avoid like shark king mackerel and swordfish which have very high amounts of heavy metals specifically mercury and when you buy shellfish you want to find out where it comes from so on the label okay you’re gonna see something that says country of origin labeling or cool and it’s going to tell you where it’s from however if it’s frozen there’s going to be two labels and you want to pay close attention to where it’s originally from versus where it’s manufactured so they might ship it in from a place that is a very polluted ocean the North Atlantic is better and the shellfish and fish off the coast of the US do have stricter standards but I put a couple links down below that will help you identify sir locations around the world and the levels of heavy metals so you can actually understand the bigger picture anyway thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video hey if you’re liking this content please subscribe now and I will actually keep you updated on future videos
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In this video, I want to answer a question I received regarding shellfish. Is it ok to consume shellfish even though they may contain heavy metals?
A few really good things about shellfish like shrimp, lobster, and crab are:
• They’re loaded with minerals and trace minerals.
• They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids.
• They’re high-quality sources of protein.
• They contain selenium which helps to detox mercury and other heavy metals.
However, shellfish also contain heavy metals like mercury and even lead. For this reason, you should:
• Not consume them that often (maybe 1x per week).
• Not consume them at all if you’re pregnant.
• Get your trace minerals from organic sea kelp harvested from a very healthy part of the world.
• Choose wild-caught instead of farm-raised.
A few of the worst fish to eat because of heavy metals, specifically mercury contamination, are:
• King mackerel
How to buy fresh shellfish:
When you’re buying shellfish, you need to find out where it comes from. Be sure to check the label and pay close attention to frozen shellfish to determine where it’s originally from versus where it was manufactured. Certain oceans are more polluted than others.
• The North Atlantic is a better choice.
• The shellfish and fish off of the coast of the United States do have more strict standards.
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