Swank said for her role in “Million Dollar Baby,” she increased her consumption of seafood for more protein to put on weight and paid severely.
“I put on 19 pounds of muscle: I was 29, I was a vegetarian and suddenly I was eating so much fish that I got elevated mercury problems,” Swank was quoted as saying.
“It plagued me for a couple of years after that movie. When I discovered that my health was suffering, I had to change my diet. So now I eat pork and beef.”
Pork and beef isn’t exactly what we’d call the miracle alternative to mercury-laden fish…sure hope she doesn’t come down with cholesterol or heart issues later.
The NRDC lists seafood containing the lowest and highest levels of mercury. An interesting note: Only 14% of fish with the lowest mercury levels have either 1.) been fished to dangerously low numbers or 2.) are caught using environmentally destructive methods. Eighty-six percent of fish with the highest mercury levels fit this criteria while 50% in the High Mercury category fit the criteria and only 35% of fish in the moderate mercury category fit this criteria.
Coincidence? Flipper’s revenge?
What bad for the environment is bad for the human.
Toss the fish back into the waters and make tofu or avocado sushi instead.
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