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Hi all,

I've done much research on dietary requirements for healthy skin. I'm currently looking into a lunch time meal that involves fish, however I've hit a road block as many people seem to be extremely conflicted on what types of fish are good for you.

For example, I read that salmon is suggested, as well as sardines and mackeral. However on the other hand I see people claim that these fish contain high levels of iodine and thus are extremely bad for clear skin.

I'm getting rather confused, and hope someone can clarify what types of fish are safe to eat. The lunch meal will be eaten four days out of seven. Any advice on what fish types are beneficial to acne free skin would be greatly appreciated.

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I would definitely stay away from the top predatory fish because of high levels of mercury and other heavy metals that can't be good from your body, let alone skin. Avoid stuff like swordfish, tuna, cod, haddock, grouper, farmed salmon, etc. for that reason.

I would recommend some cheaper stuff that I've heard good things about if you want to go the fish route and will be eating lots of it. Catfish and tilapia are bottom-of-the-food chain, so they won't have all those nasty toxins while still containing beneficial items to heal your skin.

And don't forget about sustainability as you search for seafood products, too. ;)

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_s...h/download.aspx

Edited by Sandman21

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I tend to eat salmon everyday and have done for a good few months, which probably isn't healthy, but it's done nothing bad for my skin. Barely had so much as a breakout in that time.

I actually have this little book which lists 25 of the best "super foods" you can eat and salmon came top. Eating it just once a week can help keep your heart healthy apparently.

I have it in sandwiches with avocado (another on the list) and salad.

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You want fatty fish that are also low in mercury. Salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel are what I eat. The mercury isn't as big of a deal as it's made out to be, as fish like tuna contain high levels of selenium, which the mercury bonds to and is never absorbed by the body. You still don't want to be eating something like tuna every day though.

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Thanks for the advice. It seems a mixture of wild salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel is safe. Thanks once again. It's nice to have a little bit more clarity than the usual "everything that's good is bad, and everything that's bad is bad" conclusions.

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If you want to eat lots of tuna make sure it is skipjack tuna and not albacore, the skipjack tuna has alot less mercury in them because they don't get nearly as big.

As for other fish, tilapia is quite good so is mackerel

Don't know about sardines i don't think they are very healthy but i could be wrong, not that i would eat them

anyways.

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For example, I read that salmon is suggested, as well as sardines and mackeral.

Yes, those are among the best along with some trout, herring and any other cold water fatty fish. I think Arctic Char is a good one. It's pink like Salmon.

Stick to smaller species of mackerel though. Big ones like King Mackerel are high in mercury. And avoid farmed salmon. It is just not a good fish for farming and the results are unhealthy for you, the environment, fish populations in the ocean, etc. Trout and Tilapia are good farmed, depending on the conditions they are farmed in. The trout raised in the U.S. is fine.

Edited by alternativista

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