ShellFish: Seafood to Avoid

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Shellfish is a good source of energy because it contains high levels of protein and calories. However, it is not the healthiest food to eat. Shellfish such as lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters, mussels, scallops and clams should be avoided as much as possible due to its carcinogenic health hazards. Shellfish has been known to contain chemical contaminants (may vary depending on the location) that can make you very sick.

Many shellfish such as oysters and lobsters are scavengers that lives on the ocean floor, the dirtiest part of the ocean. Everything that gets dumped into the ocean, including chemicals, waste, dead animals and fishes, usually end up sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Scavengers such as shellfish, lobsters and algae end up eating these wastes and eventually pass the toxic wastes to other species that eats it. These are some of the reasons why shellfish should be avoided as much as possible.

If you are a person who loves seafood, it may be impossible to avoid shellfish. If you can’t eliminate shellfish from your diet, try to avoid them as much as possible, especially clams, oysters, scallops and mussels. Shellfish that lives around shoreline, such as the beaches near the Gulf of Mexico, consume more chemicals than shellfish that lives near the Atlantic shoreline. The Gulf of Mexico is where the Mississippi River dumps all its waste which causes the area to be more toxic than other shorelines. Before eating shellfish at a restaurant, it would be a good idea to talk to the managers to see where they get their shellfish from.

Scavengers are not always bad, in fact, they are essential for life to exist because they clean up toxic waste so other species can survive. Algae is one of the best toxic cleaners of the sea (main source of food for some shellfish) and does an excellent job at it. This is why scientists use them to clean up contaminated lakes. Shellfish that doesn’t move much such as clams, mussels, oysters and scallops depend heavily on algae for food. This is one of the reasons why shellfish gets a lot of attention when someone dies from “paralytic shellfish poisoning.” Just Google “paralytic shellfish poisoning” and you will get over 80,000 related articles about it.

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