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3 Seafood Myths Debunked Posted on 03 Apr 13:45

There are a lot of rumors surrounding the consumption of seafood. Rumors like women not being able to eat seafood while pregnant or people avoiding seafood because of too much radiation. We’re here to set the record straight so you and your family can go back to enjoying the many benefits seafood meals can provide your body. 

Myth #1. Pregnant women should avoid all seafood during pregnancy.

False. Not all seafood needs to be avoided during pregnancy. Sources such as the Mayo Clinic recommend avoiding the bigger and older fish like swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish, but approve fish which contain little mercury like shrimp, salmon, Pollock, catfish, anchovies and trout. In fact, studies show pregnant women are missing Omega-3’s which are a source of improved brain development, eye sight and IQ in babies. Its recommended 8 to 12 ounces of seafood a week for pregnant women. Learn more about how Fishpeople makes sure products are suitable during and after pregnancy.

Myth #2. Eating fish more than twice per week will expose me to high levels of mercury.

False. As stated above, all fish do not contain high levels of mercury. Steer clear of consuming older, larger predatory fish. The American Heart Association advises eating fish at least two times per week as a good source of protein and Omega- 3 fatty acids which benefit heart health. Discover a full list of fish benefits on our Nutrition page.

Myth #3. Eating Tuna from the Pacific can expose me to radiation.

True and False. This is why it’s important to know who you’re purchasing your seafood from and where/how they are sourcing their fish. For example, Fishpeople takes product testing very seriously which is why all Fishpeople tuna has been lab tested and found to have radiation levels so low they pose no concern to food safety. “To actually get a harmful dose of tuna you have to eat 2.5 tons of tuna a year,” says Kim Martini, an oceanographer at the University of Washington. Find out more about how Fishpeople tests its tuna here.