Never eat seafood from THESE countries: it may be filled with animal feces and antibiotics – HealthyTipsAdvice

Do you know where your seafood comes from? If you’re not careful, it may be filled with all sorts of nasty stuff, including animal feces and antibiotics!



In particular, fish can pick up all kinds of things you don’t want in your food anytime retailers and fishers cut corners – which, as you can probably imagine, is often.


Among the major risks are feces, mercury, Bisphenol A, antibiotics, and more – especially farther up the food chain, where we run a major risk of any of the following contaminants:

  • Chlordane
  • DDT
  • Dioxins
  • Mercury
  • PCB’s

As you likely know, these can each have nasty consequences – including brain or kidney damage!

And farmed fish often isn’t any better, as the overcrowding of factory farming often just means the fish is treated heavily with antibiotics – antibiotics which we then consume – and their tanks are often heavily chemically treated to keep the water “clean” amidst so much fish waste. 

Those chemicals aren’t good for us, either, and include:

  • Algaecides
  • Disinfectants
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Probiotics

In particular, these problems are exacerbated in some parts of the world more than others. 

For instance:

  • shrimp from Vietnam and Malaysia have a much higher likelihood of nasty bacterium;
  • Chilean salmon is well-known for overdoses of antibiotics (and likewise for elsewhere in both South America and Southeast Asia); 
  • And tuna farming, nearly anywhere in the world, has all sorts of issues.

So how to protect yourself?


Here’s our rules for shrimp you can feel good about:
  • Look for shrimp certified by the Wild American Shrimp or the Marine Stewardship Council. They mark shrimp that are produced without antibiotics.
  • Buy wild North American shrimp which are often more sustainably caught.
  • Has a mild smell – not too fishy or sour.
  • It’s translucent but not cloudy.
  • It feels firm.

Our rules for tuna:

  • Buy it in BPA-free pouches instead of the cans.
  • Light tuna has less mercury than white tuna
  • Skipjack tuna has less mercury than yellowfin and albacore tuna.
  • Don’t exceed more than 6 ounces of tuna a week to avoid mercury build up.
  • Avoid salted cans of tuna

And lastly, our rules for salmon:

  • Buy it wild or buy it farmed from Norway, as they use significantly fewer antibiotics.
  • Organic, doesn’t make it healthier, it just means it was farmed.
  • Avoid cans with BPA or cans in general
  • Atlantic Salmon is always farmed and often has more toxins than wild Alaskan salmon.

Now that you know, you can protect yourself – and eat your seafood in a way that you can feel good about!

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