Our original fish recipe book was so popular, we decided to create a second! Hooked 2: More Heart-Healthy Fish Recipes from Real Floridians. This new edition brings back some favorites from our first Hooked recipe book, along with new recipes from Florida Department of Health employees and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Fresh from Florida program. This new recipe book still focuses on promoting safe fish consumption by featuring recipes that use low-mercury fish. Mercury can cause harmful health effects for women who are pregnant or nursing, women who may become pregnant, and very young children. Eating fish that are low in mercury content is one way to avoid mercury exposure.
The Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Program now offers information
about important fish consumption choices for women of childbearing age and children
with the Fish For Your Health Wallet Card (PDF) . The card encourages the health benefits
of eating specific types of fish while avoiding unsafe amounts of mercury. Card information includes:
• Species of common fish available commercially
• The level of mercury for the species listed
• Advice on how much of each fish to eat weekly
Eating fish is an important part of a healthy diet. Rich in vitamins and low in fat, fish contains protein we need for strong bodies. It is also an excellent source of nutrition for proper growth and development. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that you eat two meals of fish or seafood every week. However, fish consumption can be a major source of human exposure to toxins like mercury. These toxins can be found naturally in the environment or as a result of industrial pollution. Accurate information about the types and the amount of fish to consume is necessary for Floridians to know how to safely include fish in their diets.
Go Fish! Some Fish! No Fish! Is a 23-page children’s book in English/Spanish emphasizing the importance of eating fish but choosing fish that are low in mercury. The book teaches children which fish are good to eat frequently, sometimes, and which fish you should avoid. The book is geared for preschoolers to 1st graders.