First off, if you are local and reading this, you should place your “co-op” order by March 13th. It has been extended a short period to get more of you on board!! EMAIL US NOW
OK, so now that we have that out of the way, I teach grass fed beef, clean grass fed beef over fish when it comes to health benefits. And as shocking as that is to some of you, you need to understand that is the most significant step to take in regards to your meat consumption.
Fish, specific fish that we eat such as salmon, sardines and tuna, have high levels of omega 3 acid in them. Specifically omega 3 in the form that we need the most, EPA and DHA. The biggest concern however is of course the contamination of fish due to our water being rich in pcb’s, mercury and other toxic metals, and other forms of micro toxins.
The benefit will often outweigh the risks up to a certain point. But that point at which benefits and risks are reversed is hard to identify, when do you know that you are getting too many toxins, and that the toxic load is outweighing the benefit of the fat? It is very hard to tell, but many sources suggest that eating two servings of fish a week is a good idea. However, if you believe that the minimal amount of fat from two servings is enough for your health needs, you are mistaken.
But consider these concerns from the Mayo Clinic:
Pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and children can still get the heart-healthy benefits of fish by eating fish that’s typically low in mercury, such as salmon, and limiting the amount they eat to:
- No more than 12 ounces (340 grams) of fish in total a week
- No more than 6 ounces (170 grams) of canned tuna a week
- No amount of any fish that’s typically high in mercury (shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish)