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Ask Tufts Experts May 2008 Issue

Q: I am enclosing an article from a local newspaper warning people to avoid eating any fish ever (“Thinking Twice About Tuna” by Bruce Friedrich of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Palo Alto Daily News). I would like to know whether this very alarmist article has any basis in fact.

Answer :  The article in question warns about the dangers of mercury and other contamination in tuna and other fish, concluding that “Fish is anything but ‘health food.’“ While it’s wise to be wary of potential toxins in fish, the consensus of scientists who have examined the evidence—as opposed to taking an ethical stand, as PETA does, that “animals are not to eat”—is that fish is in fact one of the healthiest foods you can include…

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