Perception, Reality and Facts about Seafood
There seems to be safety concerns around seafood and it is extremely important for everyone's health in the United States to report the facts.
The food safety perception of seafood ranks the highest or worst by Americans when comparing it to chicken, beef, pork, fruits and vegetables. Seafood has 40% of this concern, Chicken is in second place with only 20% and then the rest of the list is all below 14%.
The REALITY and FACTS state that seafood is in second place for the Safest Food only beaten by dairy which goes through a pasteurization process in this country. When comparing seafood to everything else, you are 14 times (1400%) more likely to get sick from chicken, 7 times (700%) more from beef and pork and 3 times (300%) more from fruits and vegetables (see chart to the right).
The United States Government reccomends that EVERYONE
in the United States should eat at least 2 servings of seafood per week. They are also asking us to substitute one or two poultry or beef portions per week to seafood! The current U.S. consumption of seafood per person is around 16 pounds. If we ate two 6 oz servings of seafood a week we would more than double that consumption rate to 39 pounds per person. In Japan the average person eats 155 lbs per year, Iceland 200 pounds per year and in Malaysia 100 pounds per year. The citizens of these countries are not suffering from Mercury Poisoning or negative health effects from eating seafood. If anything on average they are much healthier than we are. Why are we concerned at all and especially at the 16 pounds per year average? In this case perception is not reality. Eat more fish it is good for you and help us improve the perception of safe and healthy seafood in America!
Quotes from the 2010 New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
“Increase the amount and variety of seafood consumed by choosing seafood in place of some meat and poultry.”
“Eat fish at least twice a week to reduce risk of heart disease, whether you have heart disease of not.”
“Fish is safe for the general population, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children.
“Consume 8 to 12 ounces of seafood per week from a variety of seafood types.”
“Eat fish at least twice a week during pregnancy and breastfeeding to improve eye and brain development in babies.”
“On average, Americans of all ages consume too few vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, low-fat milk and milk products and seafood.”
“Consumption of two servings of seafood a week, which provide 250 mg per day of long chain omega-3 fatty acids, is associated with reduced cardiac mortality from CHD or sudden death in persons with and without CVD.”
“Moderate, consistent evidence shows that health benefits derived from the consumption of a variety of cooked seafood in the US in amounts recommended by the Committee outweigh the risks associated with methyl mercury (MeHg) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure, even among women who may become or who are pregnant, nursing mothers, and children ages 12 and younger.”