A popular Netflix conservation documentary, Seaspiracy, has been getting a lot of buzz lately. It provides a certain perspective on issues affecting the oceans and marine life.

The documentary covers a lot of issues — some better than others. The sneaky thing about the film is that it seems to take individual pieces of truth and sprinkle them in with misrepresentation, or flat out lies, to make the delivery more dramatic. Any documentary that only shows one side of the coin is not doing a fair job of representing an industry. Pointing out the good and the bad is always going to be better received as honest, objective work.

We work around all dietary decisions at Foodtrainers. It’s anyone’s personal decision to eat fish or not. When making that decision, please do research beyond just one film.

The Misrepresentation of Experts

Since the documentary’s release, several of the experts featured in it have come forward to say that their statements were taken out of context. They also quoted studies that have been retracted but that the authors have expanded on.

The Benefits of Eating Fish

We feel that we have to discuss this because it wasn’t touched on at all in the documentary. Fish are one of the healthiest proteins on the planet. They create Omega-3s, which the human body can’t produce on its own, selenium, and vitamin-D. Consuming fish can positively affect your mood, heart health, brain health, and is beneficial working against depression, dementia, cancer, exercise recovery, and more.

Paying Attention to Where Your Fish Come From

Knowing as much as you can about the origin of your fish is incredibly important. It makes a big difference in the health of the fish and its nutritional benefits. Also keep in mind that the larger the fish, the more mercury they are likely to contain. Mercury is one of the largest risk factors when it comes to eating fish.

There’s much more we want to discuss on this topic, so we’ll be back next week with a Part 2 episode describing what you should do to replace fish in your diet if that’s the route you take, how often to eat them, if not, and how to improve our waterways by way of our eating habits.




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