Top 3 Best Fish vs. Worst Fish to Eat: Thomas DeLauer
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hey it’s Thomas de Lauer and I want to give you the three fish that you should avoid at all cost because right now there’s a few fish that are out on the market that can definitely be holding you back keeping you from reaching your goals and keeping you from feeling your best now in addition to that I don’t want to just have a negative video so I’m going to give you the three fish that I think you should eat the three fish that I think you are safe to consume a lot of to not only get your requirements of protein but to also be able to reduce your overall amounts of mercury and heavy metals within your bloodstream okay so when I determine what kind of fish that I eat I look at three different factors the first one they look at is contamination and I’m going to talk about that in some more detail here in just a second I want to make sure that you stick with me from the end of the video because I’m going to explain all the details as we go the second one that I generally focus on are the overall health benefits of the fish that you’re actually eating so we look at the contamination levels per fish to avoid then we look at the actual health benefits for fish that we want to eat and then the third thing that I look at is the overall sustainability is it sustainably fished I mean that’s a moral and ethical thing to be completely honest because if we over fished and we could be out of some of these good healthy fish in the next five or six years and it’s really that imminent so let’s talk about these factors okay the first one being contamination mainly I’m talking about mercury and lead okay you hear about this all the time hear about these heavy metals that are getting into our food supply getting into our fish supply well how exactly does it work okay so really since this big industrial revolution especially within the last 20-30 years we’ve been having a lot of heavy metals getting into our water supply whether it’s going to be the rivers lakes streams of most of all it’s going into our ocean supply what happens is when we have heavy amounts of mercury within our system it causes some serious central nervous system issues okay I’m not just talking like little mild things actual mercury poison you can make you feel like total garbage you can make sure your muscles don’t contract well if maybe you’re wondering like you’re feeling weak a lot weaker lately you’re not able to get the pump you’re not able to really feel like you’re working out it could be something to do with mercury now additionally it takes like 12 to 18 months for mercury to clear out of your system so even when you start a detox regimen to try to get the mercury out it’s staying with you for quite a while and the people that are at the most risk with this are going to be pregnant women because obviously when mercury stays in the system for that long it can affect you throughout the entire gestation period and it can actually cause offspring to actually deal with the same kind of issues that the adult is dealing with when it comes to the central nervous system it can actually cause some issues from a developmental standpoint meaning it can affect how your brain actually develops and how you actually think later on down the line okay so the fish that generally have high amounts of mercury are usually the larger predatory fish simply because they have a longer life expectancy they’re in the water for a long period of time they’re absorbing a lot of these nutrients they’re usually more dense we’re talking about shark we’re talking about tuna talking about swordfish where they actually absorb more of these heavy metals and hold on to them for a longer amount of time increasing the overall density of those metals within the actual flesh of the fish okay now the next thing we want to look at our industrial chemical toxins I’m talking about DDT I’m talking about dioxins I’m talking about PCBs these are all byproducts of regular everyday factories and a lot of times again these leak into the streams these look into the rivers and they ultimately end up in the oceans well because they are heavier they are a higher density than water they end up floating down to the bottom the ones that these usually affect are going to be fish like eels like sea trout like sea bass the fish that are usually loitering around the bottom okay now these kinds of chemicals can literally take five to eight years to clear out of your body also causing huge central nervous system issues very similar to nerve gas they can actually do that on a very small scale so we want to be very cognizant of the kind of fish that we’re taking in there okay then lastly of course we look at sustainability now the reason that I look at sustainability is because not just moral and ethical reasons of trying to save the planet it’s beyond that you see when we over fish a lot of times what can end up happening is these overall species end up dying off and then if they don’t die off all the way a lot of times there can be genetic mutations and they end up not becoming the same fish they were 10-15 years ago and they may not be as good for us as they are now okay so let me give you the three fish that you absolutely should eat and I’m going to tell you two of them are total surprises the first fish I want to talk about is going to be wild caught salmon something I’m always touting no surprise there you probably were expecting me to say this super high in those omega-3 fatty acids that you need to reduce inflamation super high in selenium super high in b12 but additionally it’s very very low in the heavy metals it’s a softer tissue fish so it doesn’t absorb a lot of those heavy metals now the thing is you want to make sure that it is wild cut now a lot of times we cut into an issue because it’s not always in season when it’s not in season we’re usually getting it frozen well I will tell you if you get wild caught salmon that’s frozen it is perfectly 100 percent fine okay a lot of times they’re flash-frozen la summers they’re frozen shortly after being caught to actually preserve a lot of the nutrients so you’re totally ok there the second fish on my list going to be sardines ok definitely not one that you were expecting those funny little fish that are in the can that actually tastes pretty darn good when you get past the fact that they’re coming out of a can ok sardines extremely extremely low in heavy metals extremely extremely high in omega-3s that you need but also very high in selenium which is super good for your thyroid but also even better they are very high in copper and if you’ve seen my video talking about collagen you know that copper is needed to synthesize collagen and actually utilize it within the body so you’ve got joint issues you’ve got gut issues you’re trying to heal that sardines might be one of the tricks for you and don’t quibble over the fact that they’re still in a can right now a lot of the canned goods are starting to get rid of the BPA’s starting to be a lot more conscious of the things that we’re putting in the cans and especially when we look at canned foods that are suspended in oil a lot less of a chance of the toxins coming in from the metal getting into the food now the next one I’m talking about isn’t even a fish at all I’m talking about mussels talking about simple little clam like things that you see all over the place that are kind of orange looking or kind of weird okay if you’re someone that’s trying to get a good amount of protein mussels are going to be one of the best choices that you can get they are one of the most potent gram for gram foods to actually g
et protein out of and in addition to that super high in omega-3s super super high in selenium and honestly one of the best sources of overall trace minerals you can possibly get now for the scary part what the heck do you want to avoid I’ve given you the three fish you need to eat but now I want to give you the scary ones okay first one shark super predatory fish big it’s swimming around eating other predatory fish that already have high amounts of mercury in them okay so you’ve got a shark swimming around that’s eating tuna that’s already high in mercury boom it’s just compounding the fact the other thing to consider is with sharks they’re just stationed period is very very long now what happens with this is it means that they’re not sustainably fished if someone catches a shark the likelihood of it being pregnant is actually quite high given the length of term so this means that we have a much higher chance of wiping out species of shark okay now we think about it we got okay sharks are big mean and scary what do we care if we wipe them out well at the end of the day that throws off the entire sea food chain which throws off all the healthy fish that we want to eat so I would honestly recommend just staying away from shark in the first place okay the next one we want to look at is going to be tuna now I’m not opposed to all tuna but most tuna is very very dense very dense meat now if you’re going to choose a form of tuna the best one that you can choose is going to be a u.s. yellowfin okay it’s the healthiest kind it’s also in an area of the world that usually doesn’t have as much in the way of the heavy metals okay so yellowfin is good to go out now if you’re looking at canned tuna stay away from the albacore that density in the albacore makes it so it’s super high in those heavy metals if you go with the regular chunk light tuna you literally have about one-third the amount of heavy metals that you would get from the albacore okay the last fish that I want you to stay away from is tilapia and I’ve done the video on tilapia so I’m not going to go into exquisite detail about tilapia but here’s the thing tilapia is all farmed it’s not wild okay so all the farm tilapia is coming from other countries that don’t pay attention to quality standards tilapia can literally live off of feces remind me later to show you a link about this whole self-sustained ecosystem where there were literally chickens that were defecating into a pool of water that tilapia could eat and survive off of and then they would continue to feed the tilapia to the chicken with chicken we consume the tilapia and then again defecate where the tilapia would continue to eat it and it was just a self-contained ecosystem it shows you that tilapia can live up just about anything very low nutrient density so you want to avoid that tilapia at all costs so there you have it the three fish that I think you should pay attention to the most right now three fish you should absolutely ex off that grocery list as always keep it locked in here on my channel please please please comment below and let me know what you think of this video and let me know what videos you want to see in the future season
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We are going to go over the top 3 fish to eat and the fish that you may want to avoid. Fish can become contaminated in a number of ways – size, species, age and location determine contamination levels. Heavy Metals: Mercury and Lead-
Mercury is known to cause many health problems and is especially dangerous for children and women who are or may become pregnant. It can take 12-18 months for mercury to pass through the body, so women who may become pregnant should also work hard to avoid mercury. The nervous system and kidneys are the main targets of mercury. Children exposed to mercury may cause mental development problems, including coordination and learning handicaps. Anyone can experience mercury health effects, including: fatigue, dizziness, numbness or tingling, memory and coordination problems, irritability.If enough mercury is consumed, permanent brain and kidney damage can occur. Large, older, or predatory fish have more time and eat more contaminated foods, allowing heavy metals to bioaccumulate.
PCBs, dioxins, DDT and other chemicals can leach from factories or garbage into our waters. These chemicals are related to cancer risk. Bottom dwelling fish are the most susceptible to these toxins, including the American eel, sea trout and wild striped bass.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster is one of the most widely discussed radiation events that has an impact on what we eat. Radiation is known to cause cancer, so avoiding foods high in radioactive compounds is important. Researching your fish choices online is the best way to avoid consuming fish that come from an area high in radiation.
Choosing Fish for Your Family-
The Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector is a great benefit when deciding what fish to avoid and what fish to load up on. Given the above concerns while also weighing in health and deliciousness, here is the list of the top three fish:
(1) Pacific Sardines (US and Canada):
-Low in mercury
-High in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B12, B2, B3, D, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, copper and more
-They are inexpensive and easy to find canned.
(2) Wild Alaskan Salmon:
-Salmon is one of the most delicious fish, rich in healthy fats.
-Low in mercury and sustainably fished
-Contains bioactive peptides that may support for cartilage, insulin and inflammation.
-High in vitamins B12, B3, D, selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, B6 and many others.
-Low in mercury and one of the most sustainably fished seafood sources out there
-High in selenium, omega-3s, B12, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and many others.
Seafood to Avoid:
Due to toxins and sustainability, it is best to stay away from these types of seafood.
-Anything this high up on the food chain is going to be a red flag when it comes to toxins.Predators consume other fish and their toxins. The higher up on the food chain, the higher the levels of mercury and toxins in the fish. Adding to the health dangers is the unsustainable fishing practices. Sharks have long gestation periods, taking a long time to mature and have offspring. This makes overfishing or depleting their numbers easy to do. Most shark species are experiencing a large decline due to fishing, being caught as bycatch and for fins in Asia.
A favorite among many sushi goers is unfortunately very high in mercury and horrible for sustainability.
Some tuna is much better for you and the environment than others. If you do consume tuna, US yellowfin is the best option. Canned albacore tuna is high in mercury and should be avoided. Bluefin and imported albacore are the worst tuna options for health and sustainability – do your best to avoid these.
Canned light tuna is better for you than canned white tuna when it comes to mercury, with about ⅓ the mercury content of canned white tuna.
(3) Farmed Tilapia:
Farmed tilapia in the US is often imported from China and Taiwan where the conditions and chemicals used are very troublesome.
All swordfish, being large hunters, are high in mercury. They are also fished very unsustainably, with large bycatch of sea turtles, sharks and seabirds.
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