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Mercury in Fish Quiz

1. Which of the following statement(s) is True.

  1. Eating any fish is healthy if pregnant.
  2. Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, high quality protein and other nutrients, and is low in saturated fat.
  3. Fish sticks are a great source of nutrition for kids.
  4. Some fish have high levels of methylmercury and should be avoided.
  5. Both B and D.

Answer

The Answer is option E. Both B and D. Fish are incredibly nutritional, but some fish has high levels of methylmercury and should be avoided.

2. According to Health Canada's Food Guide one serving size of cooked fish equals...

  1. 2.5 grams.
  2. 1/2 can of tuna.
  3. 75 grams or 2.5 ounces.
  4. 50 grams.
  5. Both B and C.

Answer

The Answer is option E. Both B and C. One Canada's Food Guide Serving size equals 75 grams or 2.5 ounces or roughly 1/2 a can of tuna.

3. True or False

  1. DHA is a type of fat that helps with the development of the brain nerves and eyes in children.
    Answer

    The Answer is True.

  2. White canned (albacore) Tuna can be eaten more often than light canned tuna because it has less methylmercury.
    Answer

    The Answer is False. Light canned tuna can be eaten more often than white (albacore) tuna because it has less methylmercury.

  3. Most fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury.
    Answer

    The Answer is True.

  4. Fish sticks and fast food sandwiches should be eaten by children more often because they contain lower amounts of mercury.
    Answer

    The Answer is False. It is recommended that fish sticks and fast food sandwiches be eaten less often because of the higher amount of trans/saturated fat.

  5. The larger the fish the lower the amount of mercury.
    Answer

    The Answer is False. Larger fish tend to have higher amounts of mercury.

  6. Trimming the fat and skin from fish before cooking can reduce the amount of mercury.
    Answer

    The Answer is False. Trimming the fat and skin from fish before cooking can reduce the amount of other contaminants such as PCB's, dioxins and flame retardants but not mercury.

  7. Sport fish caught in local lakes should be eaten most often by women of childbearing age, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under 15.
    Answer

    The Answer is False. Women of childbearing age, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under 15 should limit how much sport fish they eat. Some should not be eaten at all.

  8. Mercury can be found in the environment naturally. It is also released into the air, water and soil when fossil fuels are burned.
    Answer

    The Answer is True.

  9. Fish and shellfish are rich in nutrients and aid in brain development in children.
    Answer

    The Answer is True.

  10. Salmon is the only fish that contains DHA (docohexaenoic acid).
    Answer

    The Answer is False. All fish and shellfish have some DHA, but some types of fish, including salmon, may have more.


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Revised: Friday July 30 2010

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