Seafood and Health

To maximize the health benefits and minimize potential risks based on the amount and type of seafood you eat, begin by clicking on the box below that best describes how much seafood you eat.

For reference, a meal is generally considered to be a 3 to 4 ounce cooked portion of fish or shellfish.

  • A 3 ounce portion of boneless fish or shellfish meat is about the size of a deck of cards.
  • A small can of drained tuna is approximately 3 to 4 ounces.
  • A salmon steak about 4 to 6 ounces.
  • The number of shrimp for a 3 to 4 ounce portion will vary depending on their size or the number per pound. If there are about 20 shrimp per pound, then a 3 to 4 ounce portion would be about 4 cooked shrimp, 6 cooked shrimp at 30 per pound, or 8 cooked shrimp at 40 per pound.

EAT LESS THAN...

You indicated that you eat less than the currently recommended amount of seafood 2 to 3 meals (8 to 12 ounces) per week. You now need to select one or more options that describe the type of seafood you eat or your status in a special group.

If you eat seafood that you purchase in retail stores or restaurants click on this box.

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If you frequently or sometimes eat recreational fish click on this box.

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If you are pregnant, breast feeding, plan to become pregnant, or have children under 12 years of age click on this box.

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EAT THE SAME AS...

You indicated that you eat about the same amount of seafood that is currently recommended, 2 to 3 meals (8 to 12 ounces) per week. You now need to select one or more options that describe the type of seafood you eat or your status in a special group.

If you eat seafood that you purchase in retail stores or restaurants click on this box.

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If you frequently or sometimes eat recreational fish click on this box.

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If you are pregnant, breast feeding, plan to become pregnant, or have children under 12 years of age click on this box.

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EAT MUCH MORE THAN...

You indicated that you eat much more than the currently recommended amount of seafood 2 to 3 meals (8 to 12 ounces) per week. You now need to select one or more options that describe the type of seafood you eat or your status in a special group.

If you eat seafood that you purchase in retail stores or restaurants click on this box.

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If you frequently or sometimes eat recreational fish click on this box.

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If you are pregnant, breast feeding, plan to become pregnant, or have children under 12 years of age click on this box.

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