Is Your Seafood Contaminated By Radiation?

June 21, 2012

Was your tuna canned in the last year?

Fish, tuna in particular, off the western coast of the US has been found to have a slightly elevated rate of radiation, specifically Caesium-137 (which is usually present due to past nuclear fallout) and Caesium-134 (which has a shorter half-life and can only be attributed to Fukushima).

Scientists emphasize that it’s all still perfectly safe to eat—current radiation levels are only about 3% higher than normal, and even if they were dramatically higher it would still be considered safe.

Still, if seafood is your main source of protein, you may want to avoid eating it at every meal. Look into vegan recipes that focus on nuts, chickpeas, and other sources of protein (eggs are a great source if they’re in your diet). Try not to eat too much soy/tofu, since it has estrogen like effects (it’s ok once in a while).

Seafood is having a hard time of it these days between the gulf oil spill, radiation from Fukushima, and possible Norovirus contamination in shellfish from Korea. While it’s a good lean protein, try and stick to eating seafood no more than once or twice a week!

Have you changed your eating habits based on recent disasters? Share in the discussion below!

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