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Consumer Reports Health News - August 2009
Date:8/26/2009

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THE PROS AND CONS OF EATING FISH

Fish is healthy: It's lower in calories and saturated fat than red meat and naturally higher in healthful omega-3 fatty acids. But wait - it can also contain mercury and other potentially harmful contaminants. What to do? To maximize the health benefits of fish, Consumer Reports recommends eating fatty fish like salmon and sardines, which are also low in mercury, at least twice a week. But some fish, such as king mackerel, shark, and swordfish, are consistently high in mercury. And certain other fish, including canned light tuna, are also occasionally high in that metal. Consumer Reports advises women who are pregnant, nursing, or may become pregnant, as well as young children, to avoid or restrict consumption of such fish. As for sushi lovers, choose pieces made with low-mercury fish, such as salmon or shrimp, and make sure the fish was frozen before serving, to protect against parasites. To read the full report, go to www.ConsumerReports.org.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF EXOTIC FRUITS

We're all familiar with apples and oranges, but what about more mysterious, less tasted fruits? According to Consumer Reports, many have hidden health benefits, including:

  • Lychees are a terrific source of vitamin C and a good source of potassium. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
  • Passion fruit is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and a great source of fiber when eaten with the seeds. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or frozen for up to three months.
  • Kumquats
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