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Fukushima Safe Fish?

I like to cook, and everyone knows fish is a great health food. But post-Fukushima, I now wonder just how contaminated the Pacific Ocean-based food supply has become. So I tried to logically determine which would be the most Fukushima-safe fish that I can actually buy at my local grocery store. I share my analysis here with you....

I decided that the "healthiest" fish (in moderate quantities) would be the one which:
1) is high in Omega-3 fatty acids (i.e., is a fatty fish), and
2) is isolated from the Pacific Ocean, and away from industrial pollution sources in general

This is especially tricky because fish accumulate toxins in their fat. Looking at all the options at my local high-end-ish grocery stores, I decided the winner is... Arctic Char!

My reasoning is as follows. Since this is the highest-latitude, coldest water fish available at my fish market, it is likely also the fattiest one, as fat keeps fish warm. (It is a general rule that cold water fish are fattier, while warm, tropical water fish tend to be leaner.) Thus, being from arctic waters means it has more of the good fat.

Second, since Arctic char is a fresh water fish, it is more isolated from the global ocean systems. Living in freezing-cold, high-latitude arctic rivers and streams helps, in general. Their eggs incubate under the ice for 6 months!

3rd, the stuff I get is farm-raised, which I think is a good thing in this case. Salmon farming is notoriously sloppy in North America. But Arctic char farmers from Canada tend to be the environmentally-conscious, sustainable-fishing types. Check out these guys, for example: http://www.icywaters.com/

So, basically, I recommend Eskimo fish. Fatty, cold water, freshwater. Sustainable farming practices.

Arctic char taste and texture is halfway between salmon and trout. It is my favorite fish now, and my fishmonger says it is gotten super popular. Maybe others are thinking as I am? I'm paying $11 per pound, cheaper than the salmon, sea bass, and mahi mahi they have. So there.

What do yall say? Any other safe fish recommendations? Should I not worry about the cesium and just do more sit-ups?

some other arctic char links:
http://www.fishchoice.com/buying-guide/arctic-char
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA326587

And here is a fancy fish sandwich with Mexican mole sauce I made. Delicious, ciabatta believe it!

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Does anyone have any thoughts on North Atlantic Salmon?

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Going to the grocery store or fish monger, you get:

1. Something out of the Gulf full of oil and Corexit.
2. Something grown in raw sewage from Vietnam or China.
3. Something full of Cesium from the Pacific.

There was a recent article about a guy in NC who had oil in his shellfish at a raw bar in Charlotte!! Yuk! I'd actually be more scared of the Corexit.

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Fish

I eat Lake Erie Walleye and Perch. I enjoy it at least once a week. Yummy!

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Expelling Radiation

People concerned about Fukushima radiation should know that radiation can be expelled from the body with Niacin, vitamin B3. Don't bother the Niacin derivative, Niacinimide.

When you take Niacin, you will most likely feel a flush like a sunburn in your body. That flush is radiation coming out of your body.

Most of the medical community is not aware of the significance of the flush caused by Niacin. They know the flush is there, because they can feel it when they take Niacin. But they don't get the radiation connection.

Because the medical community does not understand the flush, they created Niacinimide to avoid the uncomfortable flush. But Niacinimide does not expel the radiation, because it avoids the flush caused by Niacin.

Sure it's better to avoid absorbing the radiation in the first place. But once it's in you, Niacin is a means of expelling the radiation.

I eat local halibut, but not as often as I would like.

Seems like there are lots of issues with our oceans and waterways to wonder about

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Nice video

Very cool animations! Thx

Japan Radiation Scare Hugely Overblown by Western Media (Mar. 19

(Environmental radiation levels in Tokyo / day): http://monitoring.tokyo-eiken.go.jp/monitoring/past_data.html

This link gives you the Toyko, Shinjuku hour by hour reading on minimum, maximum, and average reading for each day: http://monitoring.tokyo-eiken.go.jp/monitoring/hourly_data.html

Radiation be damned

I'm going albacore fishing next week.

We get fresh Swordfish down here

for about a dollar a pound. Delicious, but wondering how I can test it for heavy metals. Ideas?

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Good recommendation...

But can be tough to find.

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