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Is mackerel (canned) high or low in mercury?

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Updated October 21, 2014 at 4:37 AM
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Canned tuna taste great but those other fish like sardines or herring not so much for me. Only canned fish beside tuna that like is mackerel.But I cant seem to find if this is fish is high in mercury or low in it. The cans do not say which specific species were processed.

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2303 · May 16, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Yes I know that -- but thanks

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1137 · May 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

please note that King Mackerel and mackerel are completely different fish.

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5 · May 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Which mackerel exactly ? There's a huge number of fish called mackerel.

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2303 · May 15, 2014 at 5:07 PM

You may find this article insightful. As long as you are eating fish that contains more selenium than mercury, the amount of selenium in the body will always be in plentiful excess of mercury. That means that these essential selenoenzymes are never inhibited to a meaningful degree. Fortunately, the vast majority of fish most people consume have more selenium than mercury. The exceptions are pilot whale, shark, tilefish, king mackerel and swordfish.

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1137 · May 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

please note that King Mackerel and mackerel are completely different fish.

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2302 · May 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp

Listed under "Least Mercury". For the most part (I believe), smaller fish = less mercury.

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