Posts Tagged ‘Mercury’

Confused About What Kind Of Fish You Can Eat?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me recently about mercury in fish. What is safe? What isn’t? Cases of excess mercury have been on the rise. Symptoms of  low-level mercury poisoning include memory loss, hair loss, fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, tremors and headaches. Because it is hard for the body to eliminate, it can build up and lead to more serious issues such as cardiovascular disease, autism, seizures, mental retardation,hyperactivity, dyslexia and many other nervous system conditions. 

Here is a great resource to download and put in your wallet – a list of the most contaminated fish and how much can safely be consumed each month.

Lately, one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate is Shrimp. It’s low in mercury levels, cooks in 2 minutes, is low in calories and fat, and can be used in a variety of recipes. Here is a recipe for the ceviche that I just can’t seem to get out of my mind! I also bought the fresh salsa from Whole Foods, allowing me to literally make this dish in 15 minutes

Serves 4shrimp-ceviche-1


1 pound of Shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 limes

1 Avocado, cut into 1/4 cubes

1/2 cup of fresh salsa (lots of cilantro!)

salt to taste

Directions: In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes max. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Cut each piece of shrimp in thirds. Place shrimp in a bowl and mix in juice from the lime, avocado, salsa and salt. Refrigerate for a half hour. 

Serve as an appetizer or over quinoa with a side salad for a delicious meal.