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| The Effects of Methylmercury in Fish | | | Nicole Lange | 4/4/2011 |

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Nicole Lange
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SPEA H316
April 4, 2011

The Effects of Methyl Mercury in Fish
Living Organisms, such as Fish, have the capacity to methylate mercury compounds present in pollution. Mercury is most commonly found in industrial waste, mine tailings, agricultural drain water impoundments, and atmospheric disposition from electrical power. The effects of methyl mercury found in fish have more negative than positive effects on our diet and environment. With the growing pollution in our City Rivers and other areas mercury found in fish is becoming more of an anomaly. With many studies it has been proven that the effects of methyl mercury can be devastating in certain situations and in others has somewhat of a positive outcome, however the positives are not from in taking methyl mercury, the only benefits are from eating the proper servings suggested by the American Heart Association. With my research on whether you should cut back in consuming fish because of the contaminates they may carry have been based more on emotion than fact. However, I have found many useful facts that have left me with the conclusion that living aquatic organisms, such as fish, hold great nutrition when measured in appropriate servings for your diet.
Even with the threat of methyl mercury in fish it still is a part of a healthy diet. Fish and other aquatic organisms are the major sources of healthful long-chain omega-3 fats and are also filled with other nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, high in protein, and low in saturated fat. Eating fish is not a bad thing it is just important to watch the amount you eat and most importantly the history of the fish you are in taking. In most cases the best kind of fish to eat is fresh salt water fish. That is not always a guarantee that the…...

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