Safe to eat seafood at holidays with mercury concerns?

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Question from Melissa: I'm Catholic and we're doing our traditional Seven Fishes dinner this year for Christmas. With all the mercury issues, is there a safe way to do this or should we alter it somehow??
Answers - Larissa Korde Good question.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. Know the fish that are considered high in mercury and try not to eat those. Swordfish is one of them. Tilefish (also known as golden or white snapper) is one. There are four and I don't remember the other two [they are shark and king mackerel]. The names of the fish that are highest in mercury are readily available at Federal government websites such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fish Consumption Advisories page, so just make sure those fish are not being used. I would also, though, if they happen to be locally caught fish, each state has their own individual fish advisory statement/notice about which lakes and rivers have mercury contamination and people should be cautious about eating fish from those sources.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2009.

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