Many of you have asked us recently what types of fish do we eat and what products do we offer for seasoning fish? First, let’s talk about the types of fish and which one’s are healthy and which one’s to avoid. According to our friends at eatingwell.com; they have compiled a list of the 6 best types of fish and seafood to eat and the top 6 in which to avoid. To make the list fish must have low levels of contaminants below 216 parts per billion (ppb) mercury and 11 ppb PCB’S, be high in health promoting omega -3 fats, and must come from a sustainable fishery. So which one’s made the top 6 healthiest fish?
1) Albacore Tuna (troll -or pole- caught) From The U.S. or British Columbia. These fish have a much lower mercury and contaminant ratings and those caught in colder Northern waters often have higher omega-3. Know how your fish is caught, it makes a difference. Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) blue eco label.
2) Salmon (wild caught, Alaska) They contain 1,210 mg. of omega-3’s per 3 ounce serving and carry few contaminants.
3) Oysters (farmed) Over 300 mg. per 3 ounce serving of omega-3’s and they contain one third of the recommended daily values of iron.
4) Sardines, pacific (wild caught) It packs more omega-3’s 1,950 mg. per 3 ounce serving. They are also one of the few foods that are naturally high in vitamin D.
5) Rainbow Trout (farmed) Though lake trout are high in contaminants, nearly all the trout you will find in the market is farmed rainbow trout. In the U.S., rainbow trout are farmed primarily in freshwater ponds or “raceways” where they are more protected from contaminants.
6) Freshwater Coho Salmon (farmed in tank systems, from the U.S.) Freshwater Coho Salmon is the first and only farmed salmon to get a Super Green rating. All other farmed salmon still falls on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch “Avoid” list. This is because many farms use crowded pens where salmon are easily infected with parasites, may be treated with antibiotics and can spread disease to wild fish.
Fish To Avoid:
This is just six examples eatingwell.com chose to highlight. A good guideline to follow is to avoid any fish that carry higher levels of mercury and PCB’S due to toxic contaminants and environmental issues. Do your homework: Know how your fish is caught.
1) Bluefin Tuna
2) Chilean Sea Bass (aka Patagonian Toothfish)
5) Orange Roughy
6) Salmon (farmed)
The Zesty Moose offers a diverse selection of seasoning blends for fish and shellfish.
Seasoning Blends include: Rack Ragin’ Cajun, or Willow of a dillo Dilly Blend.
Any of our Finishing Salts; Lemon Thyme, Chili Lime, Habanero Orange or Lavender Herb n’ Pepper. On the lighter side, try The Tuscan Herb & Garlic or Sundried Tomato Basil blended with olive oil. Create a light butter sauce by blending our Shallot Parsley or Garlic Basil Parmesan Finishing Butter and then adding wine, citrus or cream.
Available Soon…..Smoked Sea Salt Rubs…Alderwood, Applewood and Hickory!
Check out our website: www.thezestymoose.com for more ideas and recipes.