GOT MERCURY CAMPAIGN
Fish and shellfish have a natural tendency to concentrate mercury in their flesh, often in the highly toxic organic compound form known as methylmercury. Species of fish that are high on the food chain (Apex Predators), such as,
3. King mackerel,
4. Bluefin tuna,
5. albacore tuna,
7. All Whale species,and
contain higher concentrations of mercury than others. As mercury and methylmercury are fat soluble, they primarily accumulate in the internal organs or viscera, although they are also found throughout the muscle tissue.
When this fish is consumed by a predator, the mercury level is accumulated. Since fish are less efficient at depurating than accumulating methylmercury, fish-tissue concentrations increase over time.
Thus species that are high on the food chain amass body burdens of mercury that can be ten times higher than the species they consume. This process is called biomagnification. Mercury poisoning happened this way in Minamata, Japan, now called Minamata disease. So what may seem as an innocent family meal is a sure way to acquiring genetic aberrations and myriad of health problems. What you put on your table counts. And if you care about your family, you’d think twice about consuming Apex predators in the list above.
Calculate Your Mercury Content in Fish & Seafood !
Eating seafood high in mercury is hazardous to your health, especially for women and children. Our “Got Mercury?” calculator below helps you make healthier seafood choices. Just enter your weight, the seafood type, the amount of seafood you will eat during a week, and click the “calculate” button to see the mercury content in fish.
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