The 8 healthiest fish to eat

Shellfish like oysters are just one of the eight seafood types that are the healthiest (and lowest in mercury) for you.

Shellfish like oysters are just one of the eight seafood types that are the healthiest (and lowest in mercury) for you.

It’s more likely that you’ll see sardines or herring on a menu passing through the Adriatic coast of Italy than you would even at the finest seafood restaurants in San Francisco or New York. Though American palates tend to stay away from fish that well…taste fishy…it is generally those stinky swimmers that are the highest in omega-3s and lowest in mercury. “I normally say small and stinky equals safe and sustainable,” remarks Timothy Fitzgerald, Environmental Defense Fund scientist focusing on sustainable seafood programs. The slideshow below curates the eight types of sustainably-harvested seafood that you should be eating if you want to keep your optimal health.

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