Safe Sushi App Tells You How Much Mercury Is In Your Spicy Tuna Roll

Written by Jaymi Heimbuch

The Sierra Club launched a new app for sushi lovers. We know that the higher up the marine food chain you go, the more mercury you’ll be consuming, and the risk of mercury poisoning in people who gobble down loads of fish is real. But just how much mercury are you eating when you dig in to a plate of sushi? If you need help determining which types are better or worse, this app will help.

Launched yesterday in the Android market and coming to iTunes on December 16th, this free app works in two ways. First, you can search it by mercury content in fish, sorting from high to low. Second, you can search it by type of fish, so if you see something on the menu you want to try, you can look it up before you order.

The Sierra Club notes, “Mercury comes primarily from coal-fired power plants, where it rains down into our rivers and streams and then gets into the fish. When we eat contaminated fish (such as certain types of tuna), it gets into our bodies. Safe Sushi includes a tutorial that illustrates how mercury is absorbed into the atmosphere and moves through the food chain.”

For most people, moderate consumption means no big issue. However, there are certain people who are more at risk than others. For instance, there’s a reason why doctors tell pregnant women to skip the sushi. Sierra Club states, “Alarmingly, as many as 1 in 6 American women have enough mercury in their bodies to put a baby at risk and over 300,000 babies are born each year at risk of mercury poisoning.”

But the Safe Sushi app can help you make smart decisions about how much mercury you’re adding to your body based on your fish choice. It also could be an opportunity to highlight the connection between dirty energy and our health.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.


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LMj Sunshine

thank you.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Hannah S.
Hannah Short4 years ago

I'm vegan and i eat sushi, you dont have to eat raw fish to have sushi, sushi refers to the rice and vinegar, Sashimi is the name for raw fish. so as long as you have the rice and sushi wrapped in nori you have sushi

colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

Lee W. the people who want no more sushi are idiots who didn't do reserch in to that "sushi" is about the marinated rice. and then the idiots who say "how lazy, you don't even cook your fish?"

I think green garden salads are pretty lazy too. lazy "lazy" you can do the same for greens. but still

Dwight Pettegrove
Dep P.4 years ago

I would like to know what happened to the study that was done regarding mercury in water and seafood in alaska in the late 90's.
It was proven that regular drinking tea, such as red rose, but, not confined to any particular brand name, actually leaches mercury out of the body.
If so, the next problem is finding fresh black tea that doesn't have mold in it as that can cause other health hazards, hehe. Sad but true

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.4 years ago

I find this news quite sad...

Elize Labuschagne

We must all fight the good fight. Can never give up. Thanks for the article.

Arild Warud
Arild Warud4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Hilary S.
Hilary S.4 years ago

excellent initiative - mercury awareness is long overdue.
i look forward to an initiative which will teach people to treat fluorescent lights with care. smashing them for entertainment (as happened in a comedy (?!) movie i saw recently, to my horror) is beyond irresponsible.
zero mercury is safe. anything more is not.