Then there’s fish. What kind, and how much, is safe to eat? As fish tends to be costly, it doesn’t play a major part in our menus, but here, too, we try to keep an eye on the data. Light tuna is safer than albacore, for example. Other popular fish are deemed safe to eat no more than once a month, and the guidelines for pregnant women are stricter. The origin of the fish is also a factor. These guidelines come from Consumer Reports’ analysis of FDA data. Consult consumerreports.org if you’d like to know more.
Lowest Mercury Fish
Shrimp--most wild and domestic farmed varieties, sardines, wild and Alaskan salmon, oysters, domestic squid, tilapia
Highest Mercury Fish
Swordfish, shark, King mackerel, Gulf tilefish, marlin, orange roughy