Eat the Right Fish

July 3, 2008 at 1:26 am 1 comment

It is no secret that fish is good for you. Loaded with Omega-3’s and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, fish is one of the healthiest protein sources on the planet. The problem is that some species are being fished to extinction. I gave up Chilean Sea Bass years ago because the Chilean government refuses to establish and enforce regulations to protect them. When I made my decision the time line for their extinction was roughly 10 years. Some groups now say five years, while others say that the reports were a scam. So how do we know who to trust?

Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is an expert on sustainable seafood and he recently spoke with Lessley Anderson a senior editor at CHOW.com to clear up a few things. One of the most important bits of information he offered was Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website which keeps the most up-to-date list of fish that are easily sustainable. The chef also offered incite into what farm raised fish won’t kill us to death. This is good information as most farm raised seafood is deadly, not unlike scratching your back with a stick of weapons-grade plutonium.  Asian farm raised shrimp, for instance, contains a chemical that causes Aplastic Anemia.   One in particular that he pointed out was Cobia that is being properly farm raised by Virginia Cobia Farms LLC.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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