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A favorite of nutrition experts, fish has recently come under fire as a source of mercury, a toxic metal. “Still, the benefits far outweigh the risks,” says Ginn. Fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends everyone consume two servings—especially the fatty kinds, like salmon, mackerel, and salmon—per week.
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Bottom line: To minimize mercury exposure, eat a variety of fish. The FDA also advises that young children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and women trying to become pregnant steer clear of fish that contain the most mercury, including swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tile fish. Light tuna is also safer than the white, or albacore, variety.
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