Healthy Living

Go fish!

Experts tell us that fish is an important part of a healthy diet, but how can you tell whether the fresh fish you’re buying is safe? Follow these U.S. Food and Drug Administration tips:

  • A fish’s eyes should be clear and bulge a little. Only a few fish, such as walleye pike, have naturally cloudy eyes.
  • Whole fish and fillets should have firm, shiny flesh.
  • Fresh whole fish should have bright red gills.
  • Avoid fish that’s slimy, darkened around the edges or has brown or yellowish discoloration.
  • The flesh should spring back when pressed and not appear dry or mushy.
  • Fish should smell fresh and mild, not fishy or ammonia-like.

When in doubt, don’t buy it!

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