Levels of Mercury in Fish!

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2014-02-01 10:03:56 -0600
Started 2014-01-20 08:15:31 -0600

Quite a few members seem to enjoy fish. I eat fish at least once a week. Here is a printable chart that shows which fish have the least and the most mercury levels.

26 replies

MoeGig 2014-01-25 10:31:10 -0600 Report

Thanks, great list. Just made a fish chowder with scallops, salmon, oysters, tillapia, lobster stock, clam stock, low carb veggies, jalapeno, hot sauce and cream from local Chinese super market. Frozen in single service units. Really good for a quick meal, low carb, and nutritious.IMHO :>)

jigsaw 2014-01-25 14:13:52 -0600 Report

Seems like one heck of a chowder! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Come to think of it, I just remembered that there is a couple of lbs of jumbo Argentine shrimp in my freezer. These shrimp are not only quite large, but they taste like lobster. Dipped in melted butter, they're extremely tasty. Thanks for the reminder, they're on the menu for tonite!

jayabee52 2014-01-22 15:34:49 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing this Jigsaw! About the only fish I eat is canned tuna (and occasionally some canned salmon). Now I'll have to rethink that choice of Tuna due to the Mercury levels. .

jigsaw 2014-01-22 17:16:47 -0600 Report

Glad it was helpful! Being one who use to fish the ocean a bit, I always tried to stay somewhat informed about not only what I caught, but also if it was edible. If it wasn't edible, I did my best to return the fish unharmed.
I still eat canned tuna occasionally, but not as much as I would like.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-01-20 17:06:06 -0600 Report

Hey jigsaw,

Thanks a lot for sharing this. I LOVE canned tuna, especially the solid albacore. I could it every day. But I don't due to what I keep hearing about mercury. Now I see that it is indeed pretty high in mercury. A shame.


jigsaw 2014-01-20 18:07:18 -0600 Report

It is really a shame that so many types of fish have been contaminated! At least there are still many types that are still edible. Hopefully, they will remain edible for decades to come. Maybe the factors that contaminate will be reversed. Who knows, but we can hope!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-01-22 12:33:10 -0600 Report

I hope so too. Just a tragedy how we have polluted the ocean. Thanks again for passing this valuable information on to us.

GabbyPA 2014-01-20 12:22:03 -0600 Report

This is great. Thanks. I printed it out and will keep that in my cook book. I am in the moderate to least list. I have only eaten albacore and shark in the other part of the list. I learned about swordfish a while ago, and stopped eating it. Not that I ate it much really.

jigsaw 2014-01-20 13:07:07 -0600 Report

Same here, I stopped eating swordfish years ago. I still eat canned tuna, but I keep it to a minimum. I know you and Nick like to prepare your own foods, so if you have a favorite fish and way to prepare or flavor it, please let me know.

GabbyPA 2014-01-20 15:04:40 -0600 Report

I guess my favorite is cod, but it's on the moderate list. So instead I would say Whiting or Haddock. We eat a good amount of shrimp as it's is hubby and step daughter's favorite. Me, not so much. But I do like this recipe: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetic-recipes/general/5047-south-pacific-shrimp I just skip the grains for serving it on and use steamed veggies or just plain and toss some sunflower seeds on it. I love sunflower seeds on just about anything. LOL

jigsaw 2014-01-20 17:56:26 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby! My wife and I both love shrimp. I always have at least a lb in the freezer. That recipe looks delicious, and I haven't had anything like it yet. So, we'll definitely give it a try. Of course, if it's as good as it looks, we'll have to refrain from preparing it to often. You know, gotta watch out for gout! Its always something. LOL

Nick1962 2014-01-20 11:32:39 -0600 Report

Seems like all my favorites are safe!

jigsaw 2014-01-20 13:10:42 -0600 Report

I wish mine were! Some gamefish freshly caught and prepared are great eating. I only ate them occasionally, but not anymore. I stick with mostly fish that are considered safe to eat. There is still plenty of safe fish available, so at least that's a good thing for now.

Nick1962 2014-01-20 14:11:29 -0600 Report

Was never a huge “game” fish fan, and since I grew up on lake Michigan, salmon, perch, and trout were staples. Wish I could find a perch dinner down here, but catfish will do in a pinch, and I rarely pass up Calamari. Had butterfish (Walu) in Hawaii, and am glad no-one told me about the “laxative effect” it has before I tried it. A darned tasty fish that is.

jigsaw 2014-01-20 18:15:53 -0600 Report

So it's a great fish to eat until you digest it! Thanks for the warning. Although it's a ways in the future, I am considering a trip to Hawaii. I believe I'll keep butterfish off the menu.
Now catfish or calamari is an excellent choice. Perch on the other hand, well its been so long since I tasted some, I forgot what it tastes like.

Nick1962 2014-01-21 07:50:27 -0600 Report

Don’t take it off the menu just yet. Seems the high oil/wax content is the culprit for those who are sensitive. I had no adverse reaction, and frankly will risk them because it is just that good.
I had it when we shared a meal with CarolToo at Buzz’s Lanikai steakhouse in Kailua http://buzzsoriginalsteakhouse.com/lanikai/

I may just have to have my hometown fish house Fed-Ex me some perch – you’ve got me hankerin’ for some now.

Let me know if you get out to Hawaii - I know a great "party barge" trip out to Molokini

jigsaw 2014-01-21 10:09:06 -0600 Report

Ok, it's back on the menu with a question mark! It's probably a year or two off, before Hawaii happens for us. I'll let you know when it materializes. Meanwhile, I can't leave my 15 1/2 year old Staffordshire Terrier alone for more then a day. I'm itching to do some traveling, but that's just the way it is for now.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-20 10:18:57 -0600 Report

I appreciate this chart, jigsaw!

I downloaded it, and have it stored in a file I call Healthy Living. That is handy to keep for other friends to read when I need to give it to someone.

jigsaw 2014-01-20 13:20:24 -0600 Report

I keep it on hand also. I enjoy seafood, and occasionally, I run into a fish at the market where it's benefits are unknown to me.
I recently discovered that wild caught Black Cod is healthier than ordinary Cod. I don't think I ever tasted Black Cod, and when I saw the price ( $23 to $25) per lb, I probably never will.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-01-20 09:38:24 -0600 Report

Great Lakes fresh water salmon, trout, whitefish in the low category, I love Michigan

jigsaw 2014-01-20 13:25:56 -0600 Report

There are a few lakes and rivers around here, but I think the fish are mostly polluted and probably glowing (radiation). I love salmon when prepared properly, and fresh trout and whitefish are excellent also. Your fortunate to be in the great lake region!

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-01-20 13:41:34 -0600 Report

within walking distance, I have several trout streams flowing to Lake Michigan. I love to fish them and might even get the antique Shakespere fly rod out this spring

jigsaw 2014-01-20 18:22:22 -0600 Report

So close! That's great for you! I use to fly fish the lakes on preserves on LI. That was about 15 years ago, and the trout fishing was fantastic there. Not sure what one might find in the lakes currently!

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