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(article, Culinate staff)
Think you're doing the oceans a favor by taking fish-oil supplements instead of chowing down on swordfish and salmon? Think again, writes Paul Greenberg in the New York Times. Those good-for-you gel caps, he writes, are dependent on menhaden, a fish you've probably never heard of but which may be the passenger pigeon of the sea, a fish that serves not only as a food source for countless other fish but provides an essential environmental service: cleaning algae from ocean waters. So read the labels on those fish-oil bottles before buying — some 75 fishy supplements, notes Greenberg, don't use menhaden — or take flaxseed oil instead.