Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Asian Fish? page

  1. #1
    whitegirlinasia's Avatar
    whitegirlinasia is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    24

    Asian Fish?

    Primal Blueprint Expert Certification
    So I've been eating vaguely paleo for about 6 months, and have lost some weight. I read Why We Get Fat, which led me to The Paleo Solution which led me to Primal Blueprint. I'm trying to take this all a little more seriously, and I'm about halfway through the Primal Blueprint.

    Here's my question. At several points in the book it's said that we shouldn't be eating Asian caught fish with little follow-up as to why. Is this about the pollution or the carbon foot print do you suppose? Because, well, I live in Asia, and they don't do organic / hormone free/ etc etc the way health obsessed America does. So it's eat what's available or starve. But if Asian fish are particularly polluted, I'll shy away from them. If it's the carbon foot print, then I'll eat up, because there isn't much of one in my case.

    Thanks in advance for any advice. ^_^

  2. #2
    afsjesse's Avatar
    afsjesse is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kabul, Afghanistan
    Posts
    371
    I lived in Korea for almost two years and regret not eating more fish and other seafood while being there. I'm not sure why the book says not to eat Asian caught fish, but I know that in places such as the Mekong Delta, where it is quite polluted, fish may be contaminated, thus the warning.

    I see that you're located in Japan. Aside from being a bit concerned about radiation from the quake a couple years ago, I wouldn't worry about fish in Japan. In fact, I'd be gobbling down some sort of fish, mussel, seaweed, urchin, etc.... every day. Why not? Get that iodine and protein. Get those Omega-3's up and running. Throw in some rice if you can handle it and you're in an optimal Primal zone.

    I'm quite envious now.

  3. #3
    Damiana's Avatar
    Damiana is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,687
    Some Asian farmed fish are packed with various pollutants that come along with mass fish farming, but I think that's generally for exporting to western countries. If you're in Asia, Japan in particular has extremely high standards for their fish, I wouldn't worry too much. Many of my relatives still live is east Asia, living on a diet of primarily rice and fish, and living well into their 90s. Hope that eases your mind.
    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

    "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

  4. #4
    peril's Avatar
    peril is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Sydney, NSW
    Posts
    2,680
    Go for it
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

  5. #5
    whitegirlinasia's Avatar
    whitegirlinasia is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    24
    Excellent. I'm happy to hear I haven't been poisoning myself these last four years. Thanks for the answers.

  6. #6
    BurritoJimmy's Avatar
    BurritoJimmy is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    17
    How do you tell if a fish is asian?

  7. #7
    sakura_girl's Avatar
    sakura_girl is online now Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    US
    Posts
    3,658
    Quote Originally Posted by BurritoJimmy View Post
    How do you tell if a fish is asian?
    If its eyes are slanted.

  8. #8
    Cryptocode's Avatar
    Cryptocode is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Norco, California
    Posts
    1,341
    I have no idea why it says that. Farmed fish anywhere has problems.

    I've bought frozen packaged fish in Asian markets and I notice that they have a lot of nitrates and other processing chemicals within. It might be for that reason. If you eat wild, non-processed fish it should be fine.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •