Low-Mercury Fish List

Use this guide to shop smart and reduce your exposure to mercury.

We've always been told that fish is a great way to boost our brain power and keep our minds sharp. But all that fish comes with a risk. Depending on the type you eat, you could be getting a dose of mercury with every bite. The scariest part is that you may have no idea. While symptoms like fatigue, irritability and tremor can show up with higher levels of mercury, lower levels may go completely unnoticed. Getting your blood level checked if you eat a lot of fish is a good way to know if you've been exposed, but you can also try avoiding fish high in mercury. To find out which fish are safest when it comes to mercury, check out our low-mercury fish guide.

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It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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