If you eat fish, do you measure the fish oil/EPA/ etc. content in the fish you're eating?
I had thought concerns on too much fish eating had to do with mercury and other contaminants, as well as over-fishing (from the pov of fish populations and ocean health) concerns--but not that one would get too much fish oil.
Yes, that is another issue that carries many warnings. If I remember correctly, the Mayo Clinic Safety page covers that as well. I went through many many more sites besides the ones I linked, so I can't remember exactly where I read what. There are set amounts, particularly for children and pregnant women.
We have the other issue that we live in the Pacific Northwest. We all remember what happened in Japan in 2011! I'm very cautious with what I buy. I'm also Greek, which means I cook with olive oil, onions, and garlic (all organic). So we have a lot of what he is saying in our diet already, we just follow it in terms of a healthy diet. I use all organic herbs and spices and I use many different kinds. Lots of organic fruits and veggies in our diet as well, and we grow some of our own fruit and veggies too. Supplements to me are just that; supplements.
I'd also be cautious with supplements. Still, FDA tends to be conservative as to amounts it suggests. I'm old enough to have seen a number of increases in recommended amounts in my iife time (eg folate). Not aware of any times it has revised recommendations downward, but I could have missed that.
The FDA revises what they recommend based on reports. If you read any of the links I provided you would see that the FDA cannot regulate supplements. A few years back there was a huge issue with fish oil supplements, impurities in them, etc. There's a lot to be said about some companies that make supplements! I research mine and our fish oil I order from the US, actually. I also poke ours and squeeze the fish oil into juice so that we don't put into our system things we don't need. I open probiotics and put them in drinks as well. That's just the way I am!
Is there a Canadian FDA equivalent? I'd also be interested in what a Swedish or Icelandic or Japanese equivalent (somewhere that has a lot of fishing, or at least traditionally did) might give as maximum amount of fish oil intake from fish.
Health Canada, and they are following the FDA on that
I think what might not be clear to some is that the issue in this instance is the EPA and DHA content. The fish oil in broader terms is an entirely separate issue and I'm way too swamped to get into that. We can all do our own research for whatever concerns us, too
I can't speak for what they do in the countries mentioned and it doesn't concern me. I am not looking to prove anything, just passing on the warnings so that others can make more educated choices. What I do know though, growing up in the Mediterranean, fish twice a week is the most we ever did.
Bottom line, we all do what we feel comfortable with, and I don't gamble with my kids' health.