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Foods for Brain Health

Barton Seaver - Foods for Brain Health

This event was on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join us for an exciting live event with acclaimed chef and sustainability expert, Barton Seaver, as he shares his expertise on the powerful connection between food and brain health. … Read More.



How do you know if mercury is in seafood? Other than seafood, what foods are good for brain health?

— Elizabeth Gossart


So the answer the second part of that question there. How do we know if Mercury is in Seafood the environmental working group and EDF the environmental defense fund has a good list of what foods are best choices for us as well as which Seafoods to avoid in particular for methyl Mercury and but typically for the average person unless you are pregnant and nursing pregnant or nursing. Really the health benefits of seafood outweigh the risks of methyl mercury poison. It's best to stay away from eating a whole lot of those Seafoods that are high in methyl Mercury basically tile fish from a particular area of the Mid-Atlantic Coast king mackerel Marlins sharks. What's the commonality there? Well, most of those are very long-lived big species that eat a whole lot of fish, right and so bioaccumulate just more and more of those toxins. Some tuners are at have elevated levels there, but most Tunas do not and are in fact quite healthy. And in fact, the overarching consensus is that it's more dangerous to not eat seafood than it is to eat any kind of seafood. If you are a 65 year old male in pretty good condition and you're really just looking for the cardio protective benefits from Seafood really the answer is just safe. But the vast majority of the future that we eat is really quite low in mercury plus Seafood also has selenium in it, which is a key and essential micro nutrient that we need for our bodies, but also helps to prevent uptake of methyl Mercury from dietary sources sort of that coat. That's So it actually helps to block that. So the overarching consensus again is eat seafood eat seafood pretty often eat a diversity of seafood in small sustainable appropriate portions and really you're going to be okay if you're pregnant and nursing mother or interested in getting pregnant really just look for foods lower on the food chain. Sardines mackerel Herring clams muscles oysters eat salmon Sam, none of the salmon from either farm raised or or wild capture have any toxicity concerns around Mercury. So there's just a huge abundance of fish that are very safe to eat. And in fact really promote optimal outcomes for our neuro generation as well as neurogenerative outcomes, as well as help to prevent against postpartum depression and a whole lot of things so basically, If you want Optimal Health don't smoke wear your seatbelt needs Seafood.
Barton Seaver

Barton Seaver

Chef, Educator, Author