Fish: Friend or foe?

Published: February, 2007

In addition to heart-healthy omega-3 fats, seafood can carry mercury and other toxins. For most people, the benefits of eating fish far outweigh the risks.

If you are an average American, you eat 16 pounds of seafood a year. Although that's only a fraction of U.S. chicken consumption, it still represents a lot of fish and shellfish "" nearly 5 billion pounds a year. Many people eat seafood because they love it. But more and more are choking it down as a kind of health food.

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