For many years, I was a vegetarian who ate fish and seafood. Although I wanted to be completely vegetarian or even one day vegan, I felt that eating fish and seafood provided essential protein, vitamins, and minerals that are needed in one’s diet. It is also one of the key components of the much lauded heart-healthy “Mediterranean Diet”. Fish are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids which provide important benefits for brain function. Fish Mackerel Canned Production Line Suppliersalso provides a healthy dose of Vitamin D which promotes healthy bones. When I was pregnant, fish was my primary source of protein. By the end of my pregnancy, my blood work showed above average levels of mercury. Certainly mercury in the blood doesn’t sound good for either mom or developing baby— but the science hasn’t advanced enough yet to tell us what the potential effects might be. As it turned out, my daughter was born with no health issues. Yet this incident triggered some internal concerns. Coupled with the thought that our seas are becoming increasingly polluted (google: great pacific garbage patch or the 13 largest oil spills in the ocean for some eye-opening images and statistics), I began to wonder if the health risks actually outweighed the benefits. After reading the highly informative, straight-talking book, “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer, I became aware of how devastating commercial Tilapia Production Line Manufacturersfishing practices are to the ecosystem. The ethics of eating one fish at the expense of all the collaterally killed tons of sea life (seahorses, dolphins…) hit hard. By the end of the book, I took the next step and gave up eating fish/seafood for ethical reasons (the inhumane treatment of sea life, the devastation to our oceans and ecosystem).