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Fuhrman's view on fish

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Created November 25, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I'm not much of a fish or seafood eater, but I've been thinking about incorporating it into my diet. My main problem is that I got these old thoughts lingering in my head (since my vegan days) that fish is bad.
I used to follow Dr Fuhrmans nutritarian diet and he wrote (about eating fish) that one might as well drink a glass of dirty, polluted water.
How bad is it? I know that fish are affected by environmental pollution and the larger the fish the worse it is. What kind of fish should I eat (wild I assume?). Also, how often is safe? If I remember correctly he says that even if eaten every now and then it would lead to a toxic buildup in the body, particularly of mercury.

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I don't like tuna very much and now I have an excuse not to eat it. :)

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Sounds right. ... and yes, Fuhrman does have some strange opinions, but it's hard to re-program yourself when you've hold those things (and the general view about health, low-fat, etc) to be true for so long. One of the stranger things with this nutritarian diet is that he doesn't talk much about grains or legumes being unhealthy at all. Now I know better, thankfully.

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Sounds right. ... and yes, Fuhrman does have some strange opinions, but it's hard to re-program yourself when you hold those things (and the general view about health, low-fat, etc) to be true for so long. One of the stranger things with this nutritarian diet is that he doesn't talk much about grains or legumes being unhealthy at all. Now I know better, thankfully.

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on November 25, 2010
at 08:46 PM

IMO, these days, wild caught fish are far safer and less polluted than farm raised animals that are full of chemicals and hormones to keep them alive so that they can eke out an existence in a state of chronic illness due to unnatural foods and environment. All around fish there is pollution, but we humans face a similar condition with pollution in our houses, factory food, and air. It doesn't make sense to fixate on fish without first taking a look at everything around you. However, I would agree that larger fish supposedly have more pollution because they have had a longer life to accumulate toxins. Long-lived animals accumulate more toxins. That holds for fish and for humans. Smaller fish like sardines and anchovies are supposed to be the least toxic and also contain more healthy omega-threes.

Edited to add: Besides, doesn't look like I agree much with this Fuhrman guy. According to him, meat is a food with a 'lower nutrient to calorie ratio' compared to foods like (according to him) vegetables and whole grains. Wrong! Sounds like he doesn't like meat in general and expects us to fill up on beans instead. My advice would be to not listen to this guy. I double dare someone to find a whole grain with a lot of DIGESTABLE nutrients in it. http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/foodpyramid.aspx

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on November 26, 2010
at 10:21 AM

Sounds right. ... and yes, Fuhrman does have some strange opinions, but it's hard to re-program yourself when you've hold those things (and the general view about health, low-fat, etc) to be true for so long. One of the stranger things with this nutritarian diet is that he doesn't talk much about grains or legumes being unhealthy at all. Now I know better, thankfully.

2c0ea0fbcc8c143a03ae4c3aa5b20ba2

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on November 26, 2010
at 10:19 AM

Sounds right. ... and yes, Fuhrman does have some strange opinions, but it's hard to re-program yourself when you hold those things (and the general view about health, low-fat, etc) to be true for so long. One of the stranger things with this nutritarian diet is that he doesn't talk much about grains or legumes being unhealthy at all. Now I know better, thankfully.

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on November 26, 2010
at 12:34 AM

Mercury is only an issue with large predatory fish. Tuna is a huge fish, I don't know if people realize that. If you are worried about mercury eat smaller fish.

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on November 26, 2010
at 10:23 AM

I don't like tuna very much and now I have an excuse not to eat it. :)

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