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Mercury Poisoning

Eating too much fish can raise your risk of mercury poisoning.

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Reeling in the facts on mercury and fish …on this CurrentCast.

We all know the benefits of eating fish…it’s high in protein, low in saturated fat, and contains essential nutrients including omega-three fatty acids that promote heart health. But fish often contain mercury, a neurotoxin that can interfere with the brain and nervous system.

A natural element, mercury cycles through the environment, never breaking down. Mercury from industry can find its way into our waters, where it’s consumed by marine life and works its way up the food chain.

In general you can lower your risk by avoiding larger fish such as shark or swordfish. Smarter choices are further down the food chain like shrimp, sole, and herring.

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