7 Toxic Seafood Chemicals That You Don't Know About (PHOTOS)
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Since the smell test doesn't really cut it, we decided to investigate the chemicals in seafood that you might not know about. We all know that mercury is often found in fish and are careful about our mercury consumption but did you know about the presence of pesticides, flame retardants or arsenic in the world's seafood?
2.6 billion people obtain 20 percent of their animal protein from eating seafood. Contaminants leak into the world's water supplies from industrial and municipal waste, storm water runoff and even agricultural practices causing serious environmental, animal and human health issues. Check out our slideshow of seven toxic chemicals in fish that you don't know about. As always, we want to hear from you in the comments.
runner 08 said on 9 Monday 2010 pm31 12:49 pm:
Excellent, timely article/slide-show! I used to enjoy seafood (my holdout "meat", since ethically and health-wise I have an aversion to factory farm products), but I can't bring myself to buy it, now. It's not just teh over-fishing and depletion of integral elements of the ocean's ecosystem, but also the sense that I'd be swallowing a fish- or lobsetr-flavored cocktail of toxic chemical(s). When you read about the effects of some of these chemicals (mercury, for instance) on cognitive function, the old zombie movies don't seem quite so far fetched, after all.
Evaluate the seafood in your next meal before you order by using the Blue Ocean FishPhone app or texting option.