Do You Really Know What’s In Your Fish?

salmonFish is one of the most interesting topics to discuss. This is because with all of its noted health benefits, it also has so many negative health implications. Granted, all of the negative things associated with fish and its consumption stem from the way in which it’s caught, the type of fish being discussed, as well as where the fish was caught in the first place.

With the ability to slow the aging process of the brain, protect against some cancers, aid in the upkeep of eyesight, skin health and even hair growth, fish is for the most part, good. However, toxic contamination is still a hot button issue when it comes to fish and its mass consumption across the nation. With everything from mercury to microbeads being thrown into the mix whenever fish is discussed, it makes it hard to know what is safe and what isn’t when it comes to fish anymore.

One of the more major issues that the fish industry is seeing more of, is the overuse of antibiotics in the fishing practices and production process. These antibiotics are used to help counteract unsustainable farming conditions, one of the bigger ones being overcrowding and inability for adequate waste cleanup.

When overcrowding occurs, due to the high demand for fish in the U.S., the rate for infection in the fish is at an all-time high; because of this, antibiotics are pumped into the fish to help stave off this risk, and make for more viable, sell-able fish for those that capture them.

A recent study into this epidemic sampled farm-raised tilapia, catfish, swai and Atlantic salmon. It was discovered that five different antibiotics were used in the fishing process: Virginiamycin, oxyteracycline, 4-epioxtetracycline, sulfadimethoxine and ormetoprim, were all present in fish that had been labeled antibiotic free.

As alarming as this is, the levels of these known antibiotics were well within the allowance set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, do not let that sway you into believing that this is at all safe. Unknowingly ingesting anything is never safe, especially antibiotics that have the ability to alter the way your health and body function.

Be sure to know and fully understand just where your fish comes from, even if it means seeking out somewhere that has their fishing practices well-documented. Be safe in your food consumption: understand the risk and the dangers before you enter into new waters.



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