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Which fish are safe to eat regularly?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Follow these recommendations for how often you can eat fish:
  • Bass, freshwater -- as often as you like
  • Bass, saltwater -- once a week at most
  • Bluefish -- once a week at most
  • Catfish -- as often as you like
  • Clams -- once a week at most
  • Cod, Atlantic -- once a week at most
  • Crab, blue -- once a week at most
  • Crab, Dungeness -- once a week at most
  • Crab, king -- once a week at most
  • Crab, tanner -- once a week at most
  • Croaker -- once a week at most
  • Flounder/sole -- once a week at most
  • Grouper -- once a week at most
  • Haddock, Atlantic -- once a week at most
  • Halibut -- once a week at most
  • Herring -- as often as you like
  • Lobster, Northern Atlantic or canned, American -- once a week at most
  • Lobster, spiny, canned -- once a week at most
  • Mackerel, king -- avoid
  • Mahi-mahi -- twice a week at most
  • Marlin -- avoid
  • Moonfish -- once a week at most
  • Orange roughy -- avoid
  • Oyster -- once a week at most
  • Perch, freshwater -- once a week at most
  • Perch, ocean -- once a week at most
  • Perch, saltwater -- once a week at most
  • Pollock -- once a week at most
  • Red snapper -- once a week at most
  • Sablefish -- once a week at most
  • Salmon, Atlantic or Alaskan, line-caught -- as often as you like
  • Salmon, farm-raised -- choose line-caught, if possible; once a week at most
  • Scallop -- once a week at most
  • Shark -- avoid
  • Shrimp -- once a week at most
  • Sole/flounder -- twice a week at most
  • Swordfish -- avoid
  • Tilapia -- as often as you like
  • Tilefish -- avoid
  • Trout, freshwater -- avoid
  • Trout, saltwater -- once a week at most
  • Tuna, canned -- once a week at most
  • Tuna, fresh or frozen -- once a week at most
  • Whitefish -- as often as you like
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