Answer to subscriber's question
by aajonus vonderplanitz, ph.d. nutrition
Hi Aajonus. The fresh fish in my local supermarket has been looking very shiny lately - like plastic. I called the buyer and during the course of our conversation, he told me filleted fish was run through a Chlorine Bath to kill bacteria. I was a little stunned and questioned him further. He told me as far as he knows ALL fish that is filleted is run through this chlorine bath; he saw the process.
Whole Foods told [a friend] recently they are spraying their fresh fish in the case with ionized water to keep it fresh looking. Neither of us knew what ionized water would do to the fish.
[Another friend] said she was told to wash oysters because they are being irradiated.
What is your safest recommendation of fish? Or do you, or has anyone found a GOOD MAIL ORDER FISH SOURCE ? I am going to try to research that soon.
Aajonus: Hi, Patty. Adulterations to our food increase daily. That is why I stress that people have to invest in and own farms, period. There is no escaping the onslaught of chemicals in food purchased at any market, including Whole Foods because they embrace toxic genetically modified foods and carry very few organic products.
If you rinse meats with water rather than scrape them, you would probably wash the chemicals deeper into meats. Therefore, I suggest scraping meats. As soon as I arrive home from markets in industrial cultures, I scrape all surfaces of meat (red, fish, seafood, pork, etc.) no matter what kind. From a 1 lb. slice of meat, I remove up to 3 T. of meat by scraping it with a sharp flat-bladed non-serrated knife.
Food-irradiating machines are very expensive and hazardous because they handle radioactive waste material. Only major food-manufacturing plants can afford it. Therefore, I assume that only the major oyster-producing processors would be able to irradiate oysters, such as canned and processed oysters, not in-shell oysters. Only buy in-shell oysters. However, with Fukushima disaster, I would check oysters monthly for radioactive material with radiation Geiger counters.
Ionized water neutralizes much proton-activity that helps bacteria digest food. Therefore, fish sprayed with ionized water will not predigest when exposed to oxygen. When you consume fish that has been sprayed, the ionized water will interfere with your intestinal bacteria's ability to digest. So, scrape the surface of all fish, as I do as soon as I arrive home.