Get Fresh with Florida Fish
Ever heard the phrase 'there are many fish in the sea?' That's because there
are--but are they making their way to your dinner plate? Because fish are rich in
vitamins, low in fat and can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke,
they bring undeniable health benefits to the table. If you're not incorporating
seafood into your diet, you're missing the boat!
At the Florida Department of Health (DOH), we understand your skepticism on
consuming fish--whether you're relatively healthy, have medical complications or
are pregnant. When it comes to eating fish, chances are, you've heard it all.
Fish are healthy. Fish are mislabeled. Fish are contaminated from the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill. Fish are...all of a sudden too much work to include in your
It's time to cast your misconceptions aside and reel in reputable advice
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) has
confirmed through consistent laboratory testing and
screening analyses that
Florida seafood products are plentiful, safe, and unaffected by the oil spill.
And as public health experts at DOH, alongside health care providers and the
Food and Drug Administration, we'll tell you that not only are fish a safe part
of a well-balanced diet--they're essential! In order to snag your fish-friendly
diet, all you need is a fresh start. Here's a hint: Get Fresh with Florida fish!
What should Getting Fresh with Florida Fish mean to me?
If you're of childbearing age and/or pregnant: Despite common fallacies, there
are plenty of safe, delicious fish options for pregnant or soon-to-be pregnant
women to enjoy right from a grocer's seafood department. Fish are especially
wonderful for women who are expecting because they provide so many nutrients for
boosting a baby's growth, development and intellect. For most people, the risk
of eating mercury-exposed fish is not a health concern, but developing fetuses
and young children are more sensitive to the effects mercury has on the brain.
Not sure which fish is 'a catch?' Check out DOH's
wallet card for childbearing
aged women. Tuck it in your diaper bag or wallet to help make healthy choices
when you are out to eat or shopping.
If you're a fisher or angler: Just like fish can be fun (and challenging at
times) to catch, they can be rewarding to eat! You may not always be able to
control which fish at are the end of your line, but you can control what fish
makes it to your stomach. Have questions about which fish should be making it
from your fishing line to your table and just how much you should be eating?
Check out DOH's
basic guidelines for eating freshwater fish in Florida for tips
on what to consume and what to throw back in each Florida region.
If you're a physician: Because we're passionate about spreading the word about
fish as far as we can, we need your help! We know your patients turn to you for
guidance--so make sure you're giving them all that you can when it comes to fish
consumption advice. Emphasize the importance of seafood in a healthy diet, even
during pregnancy, and encourage them to visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/floridafishadvice/advisoryindex.html
for more information and for their own copy of a fish
pocket-sized cheat sheet to carry along to grocery stores or restaurants as a
reminder which fish varieties are best!
Adults should eat about 8 ounces of fish each week, and women who are pregnant,
or breastfeeding, should eat 8 to 12 ounces (cooked weight) of fish per week,
with an emphasis on low mercury fish. Examples include but are not limited to
farm-raised catfish, clam, cod, crab, flounder, haddock, herring, mullet, cooked
oyster, pollock, scallop, shrimp, squid, tilapia or canned skipjack or light
tuna (canned skipjack or light). A meal portion is typically considered to be
about 6 ounces of cooked fish, and eating a variety of fish provides the most
There it is--hook, line and sinker. Florida fish is an integral part of a healthy
diet and should be a part of your palate and plate. Don't let this nutritionally
delicious protein swim away!