Mercury in Seafood Weighing Benefit vs Risk


I love seafood and in particular Cod

These days we hear much about mercury content in fish. How do we balance the benefits of eating seafood with our need to be cautious when considering the risk?

What about Cod?

Should we eat it or not?

  • Eating cod has many benefits.
  • Great Source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Vitamins B12, B6, A, C, and E
  • Niacin, Phosphorus, potassium, selenium, as well as other minerals
  • Atlantic cod has slightly more calories than Pacific cod but in comparison to other foods, cod is not a high calorie food. It is great if you have to watch your caloric intake.
  • Cod is a good choice in promoting a healthy heart and brain.
  • Learn more about the Benefits of Cod.
  • As our oceans have become increasingly polluted, there is a risk of mercury contamination in most fish. Young children under 6, as well as pregnant and nursing women are advised not to consume fish with even moderate amounts of mercury, like cod.
  • If you decide to eat cod, I’d choose Atlantic Cod because it contains less mercury than most seafood and less than Pacific Cod. List of seafood mercury content.
  • Read and learn more about consuming cod and other fish in the age of Mercury in seafood. And weigh benefit vs risk.
  • Many physicians believe that, depending on your age and health, the benefits of eating Cod can outweigh the risks of mercury content. For myself and my family, we eat Atlantic Cod for its heart healthy Omega3 and other benefits, however, we will not consume seafood more than the recommended dosage a week (for us that is two servings a week).

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