One of the food groups that are traditionally associated with “good food” and that in various parts of the world are the main source of food.
Is, however, this correct understanding ?, Are seafood a desirable source of nutrition?
It is true that the fish have provided food for centuries many humans as it is also correct to say that they are good sources of nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, iron, phosphorus and selenium, particularly some fish are now famous for the significant contribution of omega 3 fatty acids so necessary in the modern diet very unbalanced, full of omega 6, but lacking in omega-3.
The problem with the consumption of fish and shellfish today is currently derived from very serious degree of environmental pollution of our groundwater, lakes, rivers and oceans. Many wastes from conventional agriculture, massive breeding in animal factories, chemical industry, oil extraction, the indiscriminate exploitation of coal, metals and minerals, plus the huge amounts of CO2 from mass transit amen an extensive list of contaminants that are being dumped into the oceans through global water chain and end up in the bodies of fish both by eating other fish and shellfish contaminated or direct absorption through the skin.
We can therefore say without doubt that we are human beings who are destroying the oceans and lakes, contaminating the marine species then reversed their poisons to humans when highly contaminated fish and shellfish consumed with toxic elements. Mercury, heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, chromium and arsenic, radioactive substances such as strontium, hormones from contraceptives, other chemicals such as dioxins, unfortunately famous PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and many other contaminants of modern industry teem in the water sources and end up through the food chain of fish in the human body.
This is how shellfish and fish have become a food that is poisoned us with lethal toxins that seriously affect the nervous system, skin and associated today with many degenerative diseases and cancer.
Be especially careful with fish or processed foods derived from them. These products all kinds of fish and shellfish are introduced indiscriminately, causing enormous environmental damage and especially serious harm to your health. Many of them come from remote places on the planet where fishing indiscriminately overusing the seas to exhaustion.
Be equally careful with canned fish which are added chemical preservatives and whose origins are uncertain.
In general, the larger the fish highest level of pollution, smaller fish such as sardines, anchovies or fresh herring are the lowest level of contamination present. To the extent that the size of the fish grows its mercury content and heavy metals increases. The prawns, lobsters and shrimps still concentrated higher percentages of toxic elements that most fish because in their adult stage feed on all kinds of sea animals either alive or dead, many of them live filtering seawater with which accumulate a large part of these harmful substances.
The least contaminated fish in the world today is the wild Alaskan salmon or sockeye salmon and so if you decide to include fish in your diet, it is still a good alternative, get nutritional benefits without the risk of being consuming heavy metals and chemical toxins.
Whenever fish or seafood of any kind should be consumed together consume Chlorella to alleviate the heavy metal contamination. In the book “power food” the benefits of this microalgae are analyzed for cleaning heavy metals, but suffice to say that chlorella is a wonderful tool for the dragging heavy metals out of your body is sticking through the feces, of course to be effective it should be taken in conjunction with fish or shellfish, since otherwise heavy metals have already entered the bloodstream.
In any case, it is important to know that in the plant kingdom are sources of all the nutrients you need including omega 3 fatty acids, worth mention chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp or ground hempseed preferably at the time of consumption , organic oils, extracted cold, linen, hemp, canola and to a much lesser extent olive green leaves (have little amount but an excellent ratio between omega 6 and 3) are also sources of omega-3 seeds pumpkin, soy and microalgae.
Reduce consumption of contaminated seafood will be a great contribution to the health of your body and transcendent way for planet earth. Remember that many species are endangered and that overfishing is depleting ecosystems making them unsustainable.
In much power your decision can make this sad situation will change and the immense benefit of improving their health and quality of life.