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Apr-23-2009

Eat Smart…Eat Healthy

Everyone is worried about food safety these days. It seems that every evening on the news we hear about a new outbreak of salmonella or a recall of meat from a contaminated processing plant. There are warnings almost monthly, its either pistachio nuts, lettuce or hamburger patties.

But we can be thankful for organizations that are dedicated to educating us to make healthy and safe food choices.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program and The Marine Stewardship Council are just such organizations. Seafood Watch

This summer I became poisoned with a little known toxin called Ciguatera. Ciguatera is passed to humans from warm water fish that have fed on toxic plankton. This toxin attaches itself to the nerve endings of the person ingesting the predator species.   In my case it was grouper. It has nothing to do with how the fish is caught or prepared. This toxin occurs naturally but little is know about it. This poisoning is usually not fatal but causes extremely uncomfortable symptoms for months. Doctors know very little about it and hospitals do not know much of diagnosing it or treating it.

 

iPhone App for the Seafood Watch

iPhone App for the Seafood Watch

I am an avid supporter of the Seafood Watch Program. I have their Seafood Watch guides and receive their newsletter. These guides are organized by region. They provide information about ocean issues, and harmful fishing practices.  They also provide information on which fish and seafood are sustainable and healthy. I even have their iPhone app, which rates seafood healthfulness and contains a sushi guide. If you do not have an iPhone you can request their seafood guides on line for free.

 

 

Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch Guides

Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch Guides

 

 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium ‘s Seafood Watch Program has won this year’s TreeHugger best green award for The Best Source of Sustainable Seafood Information. To see all the other winners for other categories visit Treehugger.

Treehugger Best Green Award

Treehugger Best Green Award

 

 

There are many good sources for helping us buy smart and healthy.  Kate McDonough’s The City Cook is a wonderful source of recipes, local specialized markets, local produce and other wonderful urban food insights.

The City Cook

The City Cook

 

 

 

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