CCF re-launches online seafood calculator
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) on Wednesday re-launched an improved version of its online seafood calculator, designed to allow consumers to weigh health benefits associated with eating seafood against the risks, including the risks tied to the neurotoxin methylmercury.
The website, HowMuchFish.com, now includes 24 seafood species, representing 98 percent of the seafood Americans consume, including tuna, swordfish, farmed and wild salmon, tilapia and shrimp.
It also includes nutritional information about heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, cholesterol, sodium and the calorie-counts of the species.
HowMuchFish.com was originally introduced in July 2009.
“This online calculator finally reconciles all the conflicting information about seafood the consumers are hearing,” said David Martosko, CCF’s director of research. “Seafood has always been a super food, especially considering how omega-3s protect against heart disease. It’s amazing to see all the health benefits we can get from fish and how tiny the possible health risks are in comparison.”
CCF is a Washington, D.C.-based, industry-supported nonprofit.
A competing online seafood calculator, GotMercury.org, was created by the Forest Knolls, Calif.-based environmental group Sea Turtle Restoration Project.All Food Safety & Health stories >