Artificial Coloring in Fish

Artificial Coloring in Fish
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Canthaxanthine feed additives given to farmed fish may be linked to a condition in consumers called gold dust retinopathy.

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The contaminants I’ve been talking about are just from how polluted our planet has become; it’s not like they’re deliberately adding them to fish. But fish farmers do feed about two dozen human antibiotics to their fish, to keep them alive in such stressful, overcrowded environments.

They also had to figure out a way to make greyish fish flesh look pink, which it is naturally when pulled out of the ocean. So the aquaculture industry feeds farmed fish artificial coloring.

This is from the drug company Roche. Fish farmers get to pick out the color they want to dye their flesh, like paint chips.

The possible human health consequences? You can get a rare condition called gold dust retinopathy, as the coloring potentially crystallizes in the back of our eyeballs, which can lead to problems down the road.

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The contaminants I’ve been talking about are just from how polluted our planet has become; it’s not like they’re deliberately adding them to fish. But fish farmers do feed about two dozen human antibiotics to their fish, to keep them alive in such stressful, overcrowded environments.

They also had to figure out a way to make greyish fish flesh look pink, which it is naturally when pulled out of the ocean. So the aquaculture industry feeds farmed fish artificial coloring.

This is from the drug company Roche. Fish farmers get to pick out the color they want to dye their flesh, like paint chips.

The possible human health consequences? You can get a rare condition called gold dust retinopathy, as the coloring potentially crystallizes in the back of our eyeballs, which can lead to problems down the road.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Doctor's Note

Here are some recent videos on the prophylactic use of antibiotics in meat industries:
Antibiotics: Agribusinesses’ Pound of Flesh
MRSA Superbugs in Meat
Superbugs in Conventional vs. Organic Chicken
Lowering Dietary Antibiotic Intake
Past the Age of Miracles: Facing a Post-Antibiotic Age
Meat Mythcrushers

Also check out my other videos on fish and my other videos on artificial coloring

For more context, see my associated blog post: Should We Avoid Titanium Dioxide?

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  1. I have a patient that has an ostomy and essentially no intestines left after years of surgeries and stomal hernias and is now unable to heal an abcess near the stoma. I’m trying to encourage her on a plant based diet, but she tells me she can’t eat many veggies or fruit due to the fiber and it causes pain, blockages, fills up the bag and creates problems for her to maintain that properly. Brown rice is out due to the hulls and she basically eat very western food b/c it is so devoid of anything healthy she can handle it. I have her taking Juice Plus+ and she is getting good results regarding energy and her hair growing back in thicker and she feels she’s able to absorb nutrition from that. How can a person in her situation go plant based and how do I best direct her to understand or read about acidity/alkalinity concerns etc.

  2. Astaxanthin is the pigment used. Its the same natural pigment found in shrimp, lobster, crab, krill, and wild salmon flesh. You can buy it at vitamin shops in pill form; it’s a powerful antioxidant and relatively expensive. I see no problem (and a number of benefits) with this unless, like any natural substance, you consume way tto much.

  3. Astaxanthin pigment in farmed salmon is the same pigment in wild salmon. As it turns out its a highly desirable antioxidant. You can buy it at health food stores and pharmacies (its expensive). Or you can eat any type of salmon.

  4. this “Doctor” doesn’t even know which pigment is used – he is talking about Canthaxanthin instead of Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is the strongest antioxidant and has a huge number of positive studies !

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