The Health Impacts of Fish and Seafood: An Incomplete Story
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FROM Isabel Lu, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
July 2021

Current focus on superfoods can be misleading and even dangerous, but it’s much easier to convince people to buy and eat more of one food than it is to shift their entire way of eating.

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ise your hand if you’ve ever had a friend or family member say to you, “Oh, I gave up meat for my health. I only eat seafood now.” Perhaps you’ve had similar thoughts. The health risks associated with processed and red meat consumption are nearly indisputable now among health organizations and professionals.[1-3] Additionally, it’s hard to argue that we can continue to feed the global population with land animals due to concerns of antibiotic resistance, greenhouse gas emissions, and human rights issues on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.[4-6] Somehow fish has become the darling of health and environment advocates for its proposed health benefits and booming market of “sustainable” fisheries. However, the stories we’re being fed about the benefits of fish are just as murky as our polluted rivers and oceans.

The Story About Fish That We’re Told

Fish is touted as a key component to any healthy eating pattern by many prominent public health and nutrition organizations. The American Heart Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate all recommend consuming fish as a healthy protein source to lower our risks for heart disease.[7-10] The logic behind these recommendations stems from a few perspectives.



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