If you want to eat fish, but are worried about mercury content, check out this video. Jill Cordes highlights which kinds of fish are considered safe to eat. (Courtesy: Brighter Living)



According to the FDA, fish is an important part of a heart-healthy diet. But concerns have been raised about the levels of mercury found in seafood. Mercury is a toxin that can cause severe developmental damage. It’s particularly harmful to infants and preschool-age children, as well as pregnant or nursing mothers. The highest concentration comes from air pollution. The mercury eventually settles in water, where it’s ingested by fish. The government is now asking people to limit fish high in mercury, especially king mackerel, shark, and swordfish. The good news, though? You can still enjoy seafood on a weekly basis. Shellfish, catfish, salmon, pollock, and canned light tuna are considered safe to eat. Same with frozen fish sticks and fish sandwiches. Now it’s also a good idea to change the way you cook fish. Try to broil, grill, or steam seafood so the fat drippings drain away. And if you're concerned about the safety of locally-caught fish, consult your state fish advisory or visit USDA.gov. For Today’s Better Living, I’m Jill Cordes.


BRIGHTER LIVING: Fish and mercury
Brighter Living with Jill Cordes: Fish is an important part of a healthy diet, but the levels of mercury found in some fish could be danger to your health.