Monday 15 January, 7 pm, Saint Nicolas Church – Parish Hall
Cine-Club: screening of Hacksaw Ridge followed by a discussion
Information: 06 80 86 21 93
Choose your fish wisely. Mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and other harmful chemicals can be found in some fish species. The “5 S” (salmon, shrimp, scallops, squid and sardines), as well as oysters and tilapia, are likely to have the lowest amounts of mercury while king mackerel, swordfish, Chilean sea bass, bluefish, halibut, Spanish mackerel (Gulf) and canned albacore tuna usually contain the highest levels. Also note that fish farmers frequently add chemicals to make the fish larger and more attractive, so you may want to inquire whether the fish is farm-raised or wild. Pink dye, is almost always added to farmed salmon feeding, to give it the same colour as wild salmon because consumers shy away from buying white salmon. The clean and fresh test. Even the most nutrient-rich food can give you food poisoning if the kitchen is filthy or the ingredients are not fresh. With fish this is even more important because sushi tends to be uncooked, which raises the risk that infectious pathogens (such as Hepatitis A and Vibrio vulnificus) remain in the food. Once again, if there’s too much sauce, ask yourself what is it hiding underneath. When it comes to sashimi the rules are pretty much the same. Use your common sense. The bottom line is that nutrition is complex, and you should be asking yourself what makes certain foods healthy or unhealthy and under which circumstances. My preference is to avoid sushi from large commercial chains and supermarkets (although Carrefour in Monaco prepares the sushi fresh in the store), in favour of eating sushi when I know how and where it is prepared. Udi Gon-Paz is a licensed in Monaco Health Coach combing clinical nutrition and Stress management for holistic wellbeing. Article first published March 15, 2018.