June 13, 2006
Des Moines, Iowa - Swallow… hook, line and sinker! Eat Iowa's
great-tasting fish from lakes, rivers and streams to help your
heart, prevent diseases and foster your child's growth.
The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends eating at least
two meals of fish from a variety of sources per week.
"Fish are low in saturated fats and contain high-quality protein
and omega-3 fatty acids," said Tom Newton with the Iowa Department
of Public Health. "Eating fish from a variety of sources,
including those caught in Iowa and purchased in grocery stores,
achieves the most health benefits."
The Iowa DNR, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, regularly tests for chemicals in fish in select
Iowa rivers and lakes.
"People are sometimes concerned about whether Iowa's fish are safe
to eat due to the small amounts of chemicals, natural or man-made,
that may be present in fish tissue," said John Olson of the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources. "We are confident that fish
consumption guidelines developed by the Iowa Department of Public
Health and the regular testing by the Iowa DNR and U.S. EPA
minimize health risks associated with Iowa-caught fish."
On the rare occasion that chemical levels are elevated, an
advisory is issued. Rather than completely eliminate fish from the
diet, advisories usually recommend eating only one meal per week
of a specific type of fish in that water body, or avoiding certain
species. Currently, only six Iowa water bodies have fish
Women who are pregnant or nursing, and children 12 years of age
and younger, are recommended to limit consumption of Iowa predator
fish (walleye, pike, etc.) to one meal per week. Panfish such as
crappie and bluegill pose virtually no risks.
For more information and a list of current
consumption advisories. For more
the health benefits of Iowa-caught fish.