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From 12 March 2008 Issue

Would You Like Mercury With Your Sushi?

By Sharon Begley

In fact, FDA originally set the level at 0.5 ppm. But it was sued by the U.S. fishing industry, which argued that the economic impacts of that limit would be devastating. A judge agreed with the industry, and FDA had to raise the level to 1 ppm. The actual basis for the current level of 1 ppm is therefore avoiding economic impacts on the fishing industry, not safety.

Omega-3s in fish oils are highly unstable molecules which tend to decompose and in the process, unleash dangerous free radicals. Researchers from the University of Arizona and Cornell University addressed this problem in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reporting omega-3s are found in a more stable form in vegetables/fruits/beans which also provide antioxidants to help neutralize the free radicals. The body needs only a tiny amount of omega-3s. They concluded, "Significantly, the consumption of green leafy vegetables and fruits is consistent with these criteria." Free radicals have been associated with over 50 diseases including heart disease and cancer.

Dr. Neal Barnard "Food for Life"Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
No need to eat fish for Omega-3.  Flax seeds in particular have you covered there, as well as Walnuts. Nuts in general have recently been found to be tremendous powerhouses of nutrition, being packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Plus their ability to lower harmful cholesterol without affecting beneficial high-density lipoprotein (the good cholesterol). A recent San Francisco Chronicle article said that nuts act like "arterial Dran-O," not only clearing out life-threatening fatty plaque from one’s bloodstream but widening artery walls and reducing high blood pressure. Nuts have also been shown to suppress the growth of cancers. Nuts in moderation can provide essential satiety for the dieter trying to adhere to a reducing plan. Weight loss can be more permanent for the nut eater as well. 

The VivaVine (VivaVegie Society)
According to a 6-month investigation by Consumers Union (publishers of Consumer Reports magazine), by far the biggest source of PCBs in the human diet is FISH!  PCB is a synthetic liquid once widely used for industrial purposes but outlawed as carcinogenic in 1976.   Steve Lustgarden  (EartSave Long Island)
Stomach cancer rates are highest in coastal countries with high fish consumption. Some of these countries are fish-eating Japan, Norway, Korea, Chile, Sweden.... For further information see report on fish in Consumers Report magazine of February 1992 [Still very much up to date..]  Dr. David S. Rosenstein

Enjoy!  :o)     Adela 

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