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Possible risk of eating fish

Scientists and nutritionists agree that the benefits of eating fish outway the risks, but you should still be aware of the risks.

Mercury

The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) says that men and women not of childbearing age shouldn't be too concerned about mercury exposure. However, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or may become pregnant as well as small children should avoid high mercury content because mercury may have effects on developing nervous systems.

JAMA suggests avoiding shark, swordfish, king mackerel and golden bass.

Other chemicals

According to JAMA, small amounts of the dioxin and poylchorinated biphenyls (PCBs) chemicals in accumulate in fish. "Compared with the health benefits of fish intake, the health risks of these chemical levels are very low and should not influence individual decisions about fish intake," says the article.

Improper handling

Like most foods, fish can make you sick if it's not properly stored or cooked thoroughly. After you buy it, follow the directions on the package. When cooking it, fish is done when it's flaky.

The benefits of eating fish

While there are possible risks with eating risk, doctors, nutritionist and scientists say the benefits outweigh the risks. Read about the potentialhealth advantages of eating fish.

Additional resources

mercuryfacts.org.a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom discusses mercury myths, news and studies.

HowMuchFish.com has a seafood calculator to tell how much fish you can safely eat based on your size, the fish and serving size.

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