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Top 10 Foods Highest in Selenium


Selenium is required by the body for proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and may help protect against free radical damage and cancer. A deficiency in selenium can lead to pain in the muscles and joints, unhealthy hair, and white spots on the fingernails. In long term cases it may even lead to Hashimoto's disease, a condition in which the body's own immune system attacks the thyroid. An excess of selenium can lead to bad breath, diarrhea, and even hair loss. The current daily value (DV) for selenium is 70g (micrograms). It is important to note that the amount of selenium in any product varies greatly by the amount of selenium in the soil in which it was produced/grown/raised. Be sure to check individual labels, and if you have a deficiency in selenium, get tested after changing your diet to be sure you are eating adequate amounts. Below is list of high selenium foods by common serving size, for more see the list of high selenium foods by nutrient density, and the extended list of selenium rich foods.

#1: Brazil Nuts
Selenium in 100gPer Cup (133g)Per Ounce (28g)
1917.0g (2739% DV)2549.6g (3642% DV)536.8g (767% DV)
Other Nuts High in Selenium (%DV per ounce): Mixed Nuts (14%), Cashews (8%), Black Walnuts (7%), and Macadamia Nuts (5%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#2: Seafood (Oysters - Cooked)
Selenium in 100gPer Oyster (25g)Per 3 oz (85g)
154g (220% DV)38.5g (55% DV)130.9g (187% DV)
Other Seafood High in Selenium (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Mussels and Octopus (109%), Lobster (89%), Clams (78%), Squid (63%), and Shrimp (60%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#3: Fish (Tuna - Cooked)
Selenium in 100gPer Ounce (28g)Per 3 oz (85g)
108.2g (155% DV)30.7g (44% DV)92.0g (131% DV)
Other Fish High in Selenium (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Rockfish (93%), Swordfish (83%), Halibut (67%), Tilapia (66%), Mackerel (63%), and Snapper (60%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#4: Whole-Wheat Bread
Selenium in 100gPer Slice (28g)Per Slice (Toasted - 25g)
40.3g (58% DV)11.3g (16% DV)13.2g (19% DV)
Other Whole-Wheat Breads Provide (%DV per piece): Oat Bran Bagel (51%), Large Pita Bread (40%), English Muffin (38%), and Medium Dinner Roll (25%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#5: Seeds (Sunflower)
Selenium in 100gPer Cup (128g)Per Ounce (28g)
79.3g (113% DV)101.5g (145% DV)22.2g (32% DV)
Other Seeds High in Selenium (%DV per ounce): Chia Seeds (22%), Sesame Seeds (14%), Flaxseeds (10%), and Pumpkin and Squash Seeds (4%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#6: Pork (Lean Tenderloin - Cooked)
Selenium in 100gPer 3 oz (85g)Per Chop (73g)
51.6g (74% DV)43.9g (63% DV)37.7g (54% DV)
Other Cuts of Pork Provide (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Roast Leg Ham (61%), Lean Pork Mince (60%), and Lean Pork Loin (59%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#7: Beef & Lamb (Lean Beef Steak - Cooked)
Selenium in 100gPer 3 oz (85g)Per Steak (225g)
44.8g (64% DV)38.1g (54% DV)100.1g (144% DV)
Other Cuts High in Selenium (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Lean Ribeye Steak and Brisket of Beef (48%), Sirloin (47%), Lean Stewing Lamb and Lean Lamb Shoulder (46%), and Lean Lamb Foreshank (43%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#8: Chicken and Turkey (Turkey, Back or Leg Meat Cooked)
Selenium in 100gPer Cup Chopped (140g)Per 3 oz (85g)
37.8g (54% DV)52.9g (76% DV)32.1g (46% DV)
Chicken is also High in Selenium Providing (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Roast Chicken Breast (39%), Chicken Thigh (36%), and Stewing Chicken (35%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#9: Mushrooms (Crimini)
Selenium 100g (Raw)Per Cup, Sliced (72g)Per Mushroom (20g)
26.0g (37% DV)18.7g (27% DV)5.2g (7% DV)
Other Mushrooms High in Selenium (%DV per cup sliced): Shiitake, cooked (51%), Portabella, grilled (38%), Portabella, raw (23%), and White, stir-fried (21%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#10: Whole Grains (Rye)
Selenium 100g Per cup (169g)Per 3 oz (85g)
13.9g (20% DV)23.5g (34% DV)11.8g (17% DV)
Other Whole Grains High in Selenium (%DV per cup cooked): Brown Rice (27%), Pearl Barley (19%), Oatmeal (18%), and Quinoa (7%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



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Top 10 High Selenium Foods by Nutrient Density (Selenium per Gram)

#1: Brazil Nuts 1917g (2739% DV) per 100 grams536.8g (767% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brazil Nuts
#2: Liver (Lambs) 116.1g (166% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)98.7g (141% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked - 85 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver
#3: Seafood (Oysters) 154g (220% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)130.9g (187% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked - 85 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oysters
#4: Fish (Tuna) 108.2g (155% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)92.0g (131% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked 85 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Fish
#5: Wheat Germ 79.2g (113% DV) per 100 grams91.1g (130% DV) per cup (115 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Wheat Germ
#6: Sunflower Seeds 79.3g (113% DV) per 100 grams22.2g (32% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sunflower Seeds
#7: Bacon 65.1g (93% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)5.9g (8% DV) per rasher (9 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon
#8: Chia Seeds 55.2g (79% DV) per 100 grams15.5g (22% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chia Seeds
#9: Oat Bran 45.2g (65% DV) per 100 grams42.5g (61% DV) per cup (94 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oat Bran
#10: Sesame Seeds 34.4g (49% DV) per 100 grams9.6g (14% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Seeds


Other Selenium Rich Foods

Canned Fish (Tuna) 80.4g (115% DV) per 100 gram serving 132.7g (190% DV) per can (165 grams) 68.3g (98% DV) per 3 oz (85 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Canned Fish
Peanut Butter 40.4g (58% DV) per 100 gram serving 104.2g (149% DV) per cup (258 grams) 12.9g (18% DV) per 2 tablespoons (32 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Peanut Butter
Matzo Crackers 75.1g (107% DV) per 100 gram serving 10.5g (15% DV) per 1/2 oz (14 grams) 21.0g (30% DV) per cracker (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Matzo Crackers
Rabbit 38.5g (55% DV) per 100 gram serving (Cooked) 120.5g (172% DV) per piece (Cooked - 313 grams) 32.7g (47% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked - 85 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Rabbit
Ostrich 38.0g (54% DV) per 100 gram serving (Cooked) 32.3g (46% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked - 85 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Ostrich
Liver Pt 41.6g (59% DV) per 100 gram serving 11.7g (17% DV) per ounce (28 grams) 5.4g (8% DV) per tablespoon (13 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver Pt
Egg Yolk 56.0g (80% DV) per 100 gram serving 9.5g (14% DV) per yolk (17 grams) 15.4g (22% DV) per egg (50 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Egg Yolk
Caviar 65.5g (94% DV) per 100 gram serving 18.3g (26% DV) per ounce (28 grams) 10.5g (15% DV) per tablespoon (16 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Caviar
Spinach (Frozen) 5.5g (8% DV) per 100 gram serving (Cooked) 5.2g (7% DV) per 1/2 cup (95 grams) 12.1g (17% DV) per package (220 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Frozen Spinach
Asparagus 6.1g (9% DV) per 100 gram serving 5.5g (8% DV) per 1/2 cup (90 grams) 3.7g (5% DV) per 4 spears (85 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Asparagus
Amaranth Flakes 70.7g (101% DV) per 100 gram serving 26.9g (38% DV) per cup (38 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Amaranth Flakes
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti 25.9g (37% DV) per 100 gram serving (Cooked) 36.3g (52% DV) per cup (Cooked - 140 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
Kamut 30.0g (43% DV) per 100 gram serving (Cooked) 51.6g (74% DV) per cup (Cooked - 172 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Kamut
Sprouted Wheat 42.5g (61% DV) per 100 gram serving 45.9g (66% DV) per cup (108 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sprouted Wheat
Cous Cous 27.5g (39% DV) per 100 gram serving (Cooked) 43.2g (62% DV) per cup (Cooked - 157 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cous Cous
For more foods high in Selenium use the nutrient ranking tool.




Comments.
Name:Patricia Anderson
Location:UK
Subject:Selenium and Orange Roughy
What is orange fish? Do you mean salmon?
Posted on 2011-10-24 15:35:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Selenium and Orange Roughy
No, not salmon. Orange Roughy is a type of fish. It is also known as red roughy, or deep sea perch. You can read more about it here.
Posted on 2011-10-24 15:41:38
Name:Nancy Carlile
Location:USA
Subject:Selenium and Orange Roughy
Orange Roughy lives in the deep ocean away from shores. This fish was discovered after fisheries near the shore were depleted and are now in collapse. Under no circumstances should anyone eat Orange Roughy. There is a good reason for them not risk their lives near shore. They do not become sexually mature until they are about 40 years old. Harvesting them at any age assures their extinction. Responsible retailers have promised not to provide them for sale.
Posted on 2012-01-27 19:58:54
Name:Steve Horvath
Location:Chicago, IL
Subject:Top 10 foods rich in Selenium
From the above list, I would only consume #1, #5, and #6. Anything that comes from the oceans these days is likely to have mercury and some other dangerous chemical poisons in them. I can do without bacon, pork, or shrimp that cause high cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels.
Posted on 2013-02-18 20:16:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Top 10 foods rich in Selenium
Hi Steve, thanks for your comment. The lists are currently being expanded and revised to include more common foods. Please check back.
Posted on 2013-02-18 20:28:59
Name:Cheryl Geno
Location:USA
Subject:Orange roughy is endangered
I concur with Nancy. I am not against eating things from the ocean but there are certain fish to avoid. Orange roughy has been decimated from overfishing, and will take decades to recover. It is caught using a bottom trawl, which wrecks the sea floor. It is also on the list as a high-mercury fish.
Posted on 2013-03-05 11:25:45
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Orange roughy is endangered
Thanks for the comment. Orange roughy has now been removed from the list.
Posted on 2013-03-06 19:24:52
Name:Mushtaq Shariff
Location:Mumbai India
Subject:Barley is a good source of selenium
Selenium is an important micro-mineral needed by the human body; it prevents oxidative stress, cancer & malfunctioning of Thyroid gland. It was a surprise to know that apart from fish category, the blessed BARLEY is the highest in Selenium among meats, chicken, vegetables & other cereal grains.
Posted on 2013-04-07 06:18:18
Name:Sarah
Location:UK
Subject:My opinion on animal fat, cholesterol, and healthy dieting

Whoever is scared of red meat due to it "clogging their arteries" - has swallowed the BS fed to them by the USDA hook, line and sinker! Not only does red meat not CAUSE CHD/CVD, it may very well help to PREVENT it!

Do you know WHY saturated fat and cholesterol get the blame for CHD? Because Pfizer LIED! They'd already invented the statin now known as Lipitor, but needed to prove the correlation between high cholesterol and CHD. So they fed it to rabbits, which promptly dropped dead!

The fact it killed the bunnies shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone who knows the primary role of cholesterol (in fact, it's essential for just about everything - as essential, in fact, as blood, water and oxygen), but the word is derived from the Greek for 'solid bile'. Now, as you're no doubt aware, bile is necessary for the proper digestion of fat; bunnies, being herbivores, have no use for it so, it should be no wonder that they keeled over - you would too if you ate something toxic!

So, after killing the bunnies, Pfizer then doctored the report to make it look like the trial had been conducted on HUMANS, and presented it to the USDA.

So, for the past 40+ years, we've been fed a LIE; Pfizer - and the rest of Big Pharma, has been getting rich from POISONING the Western world with a drug that has ZERO purpose, and a list of side-effects, many of them potentially fatal, that goes on for MILES! Some of the major ones include: -

Obesity CHD (I kid you not - cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol in particular, is ESSENTIAL for coronary health) Diabetes (types 2 & 3. Never heard of type 3...? You have, except you probably call it 'dementia'. It's termed 'type 3 diabetes' because it's caused in the same way as type 2: - eating a low-fat/high-carb diet containing copious amounts of grains, starches and sugars) Liver failure (this is hardly surprising as statins interfere with the liver's own cholesterol regulation (it produces up to 1.5g every single day. If cholesterol was that deadly, why would our bodies produce it...?!) Stroke Joint disorders (such as OA and RA) There may also be a causal link between statins, a LFHC diet and diseases such as MS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

The one of most nutritious foods is one of the most demonised: - LARD, rendered fat from grass-fed pigs. 60 years or so ago, it was the number 1 cooking fat, and hardly anyone was overweight. Then, when Pfizer cooked up the non-existent link between saturated fat, cholesterol and CHD, and the USDA told everyone to start using Crisco, suddenly everyone started ballooning.

Something else happened too - children began presenting with rickets, and adults with osteomalacia. Why...? Because lard, with its high HDL cholesterol content is the best food source of vitamin D! So, suddenly over 80% of Americans were vitamin D deficient - and the USDA never twigged why (it STILL hasn't - and neither has the NHS/DoH over here, either!). The body CANNOT synthesize D without adequate supplies of cholesterol, and they'd prohibited and outlawed the best source! It's been downhill faster than a skier on speed ever since.

In short, if you value your health, and your GP insists you take 'em, RESIST IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS! If you're on them already, chuck 'em and switch to eating a LCHF diet - your body WILL thank you!

Nearly EVERYTHING the NHS/BDA in the UK, and the USDA/ADA/AHA has been telling you about diet is WRONG - VERY WRONG!

If you want to know what should constitute a healthy diet, do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you're told (aside from avoiding sugars, and eating veggies, obviously. Though, even there, the advice isn't right. Root veg and spuds are FAR TOO STARCHY, and fruit isn't healthy! Sugar is sugar - and fructose actually causes BIGGER blood sugar spikes than sucrose/glucose (why do you think OJ is recommended to bring someone out of a diabetic hypo...?! Because of the massive spike in blood sugar it causes!). In fact, LCHF is PERFECT for diabetics, because fat has zero impact on blood sugar levels. I know of many type 1 diabetics who've gone LCHF palaeo/primal and have not required insulin shots since. I was type 2, and morbidly obese, and going LCHF palaeo allowed me to drop 315lb and lose the metformin! Type 1 diabetes, like many diseases, is peculiar to the West. Those cultures which still consume a very palaeo-type diet do not suffer from it, nor do they suffer from all the other ailments which plague us in the West (cancer, heart disease, dementia, obesity, stroke, etc) - UNLESS they're forced to abandon their traditional way of life and eat a Western diet - then their health starts deteriorating almost immediately!

Fruit is nature's candy, and its juice is nature's soda, as an American acquaintance of mine puts it, and it should be treated as such; eat high-nutrient fruits occasionally (berries, and pitted fruits such as apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, etc., only) and AVOID all other fruits (and NEVER eat dried fruit - desiccation concentrates the sugars up to FIVE TIMES: - grapes are 16% sugar, but raisins up to 80%!)

Avoiding grains is the best thing you can do to begin with; they've ZERO nutritional value, contain anti-nutrients (enzymes which inhibit the assimilation of nutrients, the main ones being phytates and lectins) are immunosuppressant (I've not had a single cold since I quit them, cold turkey, over a decade ago. Prior to that, I'd get at least 4 a year).

The facts are clear: - in order to lose weight, and for optimum health, you MUST obey your evolutionary blueprint. The human body was NEVER designed to run on carbs, but FAT! Once you switch it back, weight loss is effortless - as is keeping it off! The reason 'traditional' diets fail is because they're going against evolution.

If you don't believe me, and/or would like further info, there are plenty of excellent sources, in no particular order, here are my favourites: -

Authority Nutrition Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Mark's Daily Apple Robb Wolf Diet Doctor (yes, he's a bona fide MD) Protein Power (a blog run by the husband and wife MD team of Michael and Mary-Dan Eades) Dr. Joseph Mercola (I don't agree with some of what he says, and his whole site smacks of reading like an infomercial but, if you can get past all that, he's got some good articles).

DON'T take your quack's 'advice' as gospel, just because they've spent X number of years at med school - do your own research! It will save you much more than merely money - it could very well save you from an early grave!
Posted on 2013-09-01 08:15:44
Name:Marsha
Location:Oregon
Subject:Plant-based eating
Sorry to burst your bubble, but eating meat is NOT good for you. Please read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Esselstyn, and get educated.
Posted on 2013-09-16 17:58:24
Name:Lynda
Location:UK
Subject:Re: Plant-based eating
Hi Marsha, what's not good for you is eating meat that has been fed on GM crops or pumped full of antibiotics. Grass-fed beef etc is good for you.
Posted on 2013-09-19 00:02:02
Name:Chris
Location:South Africa
Subject:Re: Plant-based eating
I agree totally with you Lynda. Grass fed beef is MUCH MUCH higher is omega 3 fatty acids as well- the same type found in fish, which is so good for our hearts and brains and joints.

In addition to that the saturated fats (cholesterol) that animals contain will never be used by the body to repair (and thus block) arteries, if we get enough vitamin C (only some fruits and veg are high in vit C). We don't get nearly enough, which means that our bodies cannot produce enough collagen which is used to repair damaged arteries. It therefore relies on cholesterol which is not the ideal artery repair "material". Most animals (unlike humans) have an enzyme in their livers that allows them to produce massive amounts of vitamin C, without needing it from their diets.

These animals (except guinea pigs & humans) DON'T get heart disease. Vit C is also an anti-oxidant which prevents free radical damage to almost all parts of the body. So get plenty vitamin C and you won't have to worry about cholesterol in meats, which for the most part is actually good for us (the outer walls of the heart itself is covered with it I believe).

I would not recommend pork, very large fish or shellfish however. Shellfish are the filter feeder cleaners of the oceans, pork the same but for the land and very big fish have mercury.

Pork has caused as much, or more liver cirrhosis than alcohol - clinical trials have proven this. Search for these studies on the PubMED website (National Institute of Health). The more pork you eat the higher your chances. Pigs are habitually dirty scavengers, not matter how "clean" they are "raised". Ideal hosts for a mutating flu virus too (link between humans and dirty ducks allowing easier jump of species gap).

Germany has a high rate of alcohol consumption AND of pork consumption and thus a very high rate (at least historically) of liver cirrhosis.

Stick to organic, grass fed "clean" meats - eg. Beef, mutton/lamb, etc.

Sugars and grains are bad yes, but remember with fruits - when eaten in unprocessed totally raw form, they contain enough water to dilute the sugar (fructose) and enough fiber to slow the spikes in blood sugar. With grains, they are high in carbs, which quickly gets converted by body to sugar too, but fiber with the wholegrains when unrefined also slows down blood sugar spikes as does fiber in fruit. Gluten in grains a different story, there is a lot of debate as to how good gluten is for you. At the least it's not good for those who are gluten intolerant (although some argue we all are, just some much more than others).

Due to people not eating enough wholegrains and/or green vegetables, magnesium deficiency is becoming a big problem in the west. Magnesium (and Vitamin D) drives calcium into the bones and teeth where it belongs. With a lack of magnesium, calcium starts building up in all the soft organs and tissues of the body (calcification of kidneys, heart, arteries and even brain - alzheimers). Plaque that blocks arteries (causing heart attacks and strokes) is composed of one or more of the following and is not just cholesterol:

Plaque = Cholesterol (saturated fat), calcium, oxidized cholesterol, trans fat (heat damaged vegetable oil in all fried foods), proteins attached to cholesterol molecules, etc, etc.

Posted on 2013-09-27 23:55:08
Name:Raynote
Location:France
Subject:Animal fat, cholesterol and healthy dieting
Sarah, I agree with everything you said apart from one thing: I thought it was Ancel Keyes in the 1950s who did the bad science to suit his wrong theories, and then everybody followed, starting with the US Congress.
Posted on 2013-10-09 11:12:47
Name:Ethan
Location:England
Subject:I can only eat 3 things on the list!
I can only eat 3 things on the list because I am a vegetarian and 7 of the things on that list are unsuitable for vegetarians.I think that healthy vitamins and minerals that are found in meat and fish should be put in vegetarian foods instead of vegetarians having to get loads of vitamin tablets to save money.
Posted on 2013-10-30 13:35:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: I can only eat 3 things on the list!
Hi Ethan, thanks for your comments. This list has now been updated to list a lot more foods, and hopefully you will find some good vegetarian options. If you are still having trouble, try use the nutrient ranking tool to find high selenium foods across different food groups.
Posted on 2013-10-31 07:23:11
Name:Dave
Location:NZ
Subject:Selenium in the soil and plants
Well done Marsha from Oregon. You got it right. What is not mentioned in the above list is the fact that the plant selenium is totally dependent on selenium being in the soil in the first place. Selenium needs to be supplied as a supplement to animals in areas low in soil selenium. If there's none in the soil there's none in the plant either or the animal.
Posted on 2014-01-13 18:35:04
Name:Rebecca
Location:United States
Subject:Paleo and athletes
Sarah and Chris, as a paleo diet follower, I agree with what you are writing about not eating grains and too much sugary or dried fruits. For me the exception is if I am training after and before a long run (of more than 40 minutes); at those times I allow myself some dates or sugary fruits like apples or bananas for the density in energy. I am not talking huge quantities though, just around 200 calories or so, especially after and before a half marathon. As someone who likes to eat a lot of kale and swiss chard,I always through in some organic mushrooms for the selenium to balance out the goitergenics properties and keep my thyroid healthy.
Posted on 2014-01-15 14:46:01
Name:Sara
Location:U.S
Subject:Sarah's comment
Hi Sarah, I liked your comment, did you know you cant use d3 without k2? and natto is about the only adequate source, or a supplement made from natto?

I was going to tell you, CRISCO is HYDROGENATED oil, and that in itself is what causes direct obesity, diabetes, and more. it also suffocates cells, as that oxygen receptor on all oil cells is blocked by their addition of hydrogen to "make it thick", highly toxic to cells and months for a cell to rid it once eaten.

everyone should ignore the fake myth stats of "trans fats" the hydro-oil industry made up (kraft, lever bros, proctor & gamble patent owners), and read to weed out ALL hydrogenated oils from your foods. almost all prepared food has it added in. It's akin to flavored soap and a true health killer.

Posted on 2014-01-15 20:08:58

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Name:Patricia Anderson
Location:UK
Subject:Selenium and Orange Roughy
What is orange fish? Do you mean salmon?
Posted on 2011-10-24 15:35:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Selenium and Orange Roughy
No, not salmon. Orange Roughy is a type of fish. It is also known as red roughy, or deep sea perch. You can read more about it here.
Posted on 2011-10-24 15:41:38
Name:Nancy Carlile
Location:USA
Subject:Selenium and Orange Roughy
Orange Roughy lives in the deep ocean away from shores. This fish was discovered after fisheries near the shore were depleted and are now in collapse. Under no circumstances should anyone eat Orange Roughy. There is a good reason for them not risk their lives near shore. They do not become sexually mature until they are about 40 years old. Harvesting them at any age assures their extinction. Responsible retailers have promised not to provide them for sale.
Posted on 2012-01-27 19:58:54
Name:Steve Horvath
Location:Chicago, IL
Subject:Top 10 foods rich in Selenium
From the above list, I would only consume #1, #5, and #6. Anything that comes from the oceans these days is likely to have mercury and some other dangerous chemical poisons in them. I can do without bacon, pork, or shrimp that cause high cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels.
Posted on 2013-02-18 20:16:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Top 10 foods rich in Selenium
Hi Steve, thanks for your comment. The lists are currently being expanded and revised to include more common foods. Please check back.
Posted on 2013-02-18 20:28:59
Name:Cheryl Geno
Location:USA
Subject:Orange roughy is endangered
I concur with Nancy. I am not against eating things from the ocean but there are certain fish to avoid. Orange roughy has been decimated from overfishing, and will take decades to recover. It is caught using a bottom trawl, which wrecks the sea floor. It is also on the list as a high-mercury fish.
Posted on 2013-03-05 11:25:45
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Orange roughy is endangered
Thanks for the comment. Orange roughy has now been removed from the list.
Posted on 2013-03-06 19:24:52
Name:Mushtaq Shariff
Location:Mumbai India
Subject:Barley is a good source of selenium
Selenium is an important micro-mineral needed by the human body; it prevents oxidative stress, cancer & malfunctioning of Thyroid gland. It was a surprise to know that apart from fish category, the blessed BARLEY is the highest in Selenium among meats, chicken, vegetables & other cereal grains.
Posted on 2013-04-07 06:18:18
Name:Sarah
Location:UK
Subject:My opinion on animal fat, cholesterol, and healthy dieting

Whoever is scared of red meat due to it "clogging their arteries" - has swallowed the BS fed to them by the USDA hook, line and sinker! Not only does red meat not CAUSE CHD/CVD, it may very well help to PREVENT it!

Do you know WHY saturated fat and cholesterol get the blame for CHD? Because Pfizer LIED! They'd already invented the statin now known as Lipitor, but needed to prove the correlation between high cholesterol and CHD. So they fed it to rabbits, which promptly dropped dead!

The fact it killed the bunnies shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone who knows the primary role of cholesterol (in fact, it's essential for just about everything - as essential, in fact, as blood, water and oxygen), but the word is derived from the Greek for 'solid bile'. Now, as you're no doubt aware, bile is necessary for the proper digestion of fat; bunnies, being herbivores, have no use for it so, it should be no wonder that they keeled over - you would too if you ate something toxic!

So, after killing the bunnies, Pfizer then doctored the report to make it look like the trial had been conducted on HUMANS, and presented it to the USDA.

So, for the past 40+ years, we've been fed a LIE; Pfizer - and the rest of Big Pharma, has been getting rich from POISONING the Western world with a drug that has ZERO purpose, and a list of side-effects, many of them potentially fatal, that goes on for MILES! Some of the major ones include: -

Obesity CHD (I kid you not - cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol in particular, is ESSENTIAL for coronary health) Diabetes (types 2 & 3. Never heard of type 3...? You have, except you probably call it 'dementia'. It's termed 'type 3 diabetes' because it's caused in the same way as type 2: - eating a low-fat/high-carb diet containing copious amounts of grains, starches and sugars) Liver failure (this is hardly surprising as statins interfere with the liver's own cholesterol regulation (it produces up to 1.5g every single day. If cholesterol was that deadly, why would our bodies produce it...?!) Stroke Joint disorders (such as OA and RA) There may also be a causal link between statins, a LFHC diet and diseases such as MS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

The one of most nutritious foods is one of the most demonised: - LARD, rendered fat from grass-fed pigs. 60 years or so ago, it was the number 1 cooking fat, and hardly anyone was overweight. Then, when Pfizer cooked up the non-existent link between saturated fat, cholesterol and CHD, and the USDA told everyone to start using Crisco, suddenly everyone started ballooning.

Something else happened too - children began presenting with rickets, and adults with osteomalacia. Why...? Because lard, with its high HDL cholesterol content is the best food source of vitamin D! So, suddenly over 80% of Americans were vitamin D deficient - and the USDA never twigged why (it STILL hasn't - and neither has the NHS/DoH over here, either!). The body CANNOT synthesize D without adequate supplies of cholesterol, and they'd prohibited and outlawed the best source! It's been downhill faster than a skier on speed ever since.

In short, if you value your health, and your GP insists you take 'em, RESIST IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS! If you're on them already, chuck 'em and switch to eating a LCHF diet - your body WILL thank you!

Nearly EVERYTHING the NHS/BDA in the UK, and the USDA/ADA/AHA has been telling you about diet is WRONG - VERY WRONG!

If you want to know what should constitute a healthy diet, do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you're told (aside from avoiding sugars, and eating veggies, obviously. Though, even there, the advice isn't right. Root veg and spuds are FAR TOO STARCHY, and fruit isn't healthy! Sugar is sugar - and fructose actually causes BIGGER blood sugar spikes than sucrose/glucose (why do you think OJ is recommended to bring someone out of a diabetic hypo...?! Because of the massive spike in blood sugar it causes!). In fact, LCHF is PERFECT for diabetics, because fat has zero impact on blood sugar levels. I know of many type 1 diabetics who've gone LCHF palaeo/primal and have not required insulin shots since. I was type 2, and morbidly obese, and going LCHF palaeo allowed me to drop 315lb and lose the metformin! Type 1 diabetes, like many diseases, is peculiar to the West. Those cultures which still consume a very palaeo-type diet do not suffer from it, nor do they suffer from all the other ailments which plague us in the West (cancer, heart disease, dementia, obesity, stroke, etc) - UNLESS they're forced to abandon their traditional way of life and eat a Western diet - then their health starts deteriorating almost immediately!

Fruit is nature's candy, and its juice is nature's soda, as an American acquaintance of mine puts it, and it should be treated as such; eat high-nutrient fruits occasionally (berries, and pitted fruits such as apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, etc., only) and AVOID all other fruits (and NEVER eat dried fruit - desiccation concentrates the sugars up to FIVE TIMES: - grapes are 16% sugar, but raisins up to 80%!)

Avoiding grains is the best thing you can do to begin with; they've ZERO nutritional value, contain anti-nutrients (enzymes which inhibit the assimilation of nutrients, the main ones being phytates and lectins) are immunosuppressant (I've not had a single cold since I quit them, cold turkey, over a decade ago. Prior to that, I'd get at least 4 a year).

The facts are clear: - in order to lose weight, and for optimum health, you MUST obey your evolutionary blueprint. The human body was NEVER designed to run on carbs, but FAT! Once you switch it back, weight loss is effortless - as is keeping it off! The reason 'traditional' diets fail is because they're going against evolution.

If you don't believe me, and/or would like further info, there are plenty of excellent sources, in no particular order, here are my favourites: -

Authority Nutrition Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Mark's Daily Apple Robb Wolf Diet Doctor (yes, he's a bona fide MD) Protein Power (a blog run by the husband and wife MD team of Michael and Mary-Dan Eades) Dr. Joseph Mercola (I don't agree with some of what he says, and his whole site smacks of reading like an infomercial but, if you can get past all that, he's got some good articles).

DON'T take your quack's 'advice' as gospel, just because they've spent X number of years at med school - do your own research! It will save you much more than merely money - it could very well save you from an early grave!
Posted on 2013-09-01 08:15:44
Name:Marsha
Location:Oregon
Subject:Plant-based eating
Sorry to burst your bubble, but eating meat is NOT good for you. Please read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Esselstyn, and get educated.
Posted on 2013-09-16 17:58:24
Name:Lynda
Location:UK
Subject:Re: Plant-based eating
Hi Marsha, what's not good for you is eating meat that has been fed on GM crops or pumped full of antibiotics. Grass-fed beef etc is good for you.
Posted on 2013-09-19 00:02:02
Name:Chris
Location:South Africa
Subject:Re: Plant-based eating
I agree totally with you Lynda. Grass fed beef is MUCH MUCH higher is omega 3 fatty acids as well- the same type found in fish, which is so good for our hearts and brains and joints.

In addition to that the saturated fats (cholesterol) that animals contain will never be used by the body to repair (and thus block) arteries, if we get enough vitamin C (only some fruits and veg are high in vit C). We don't get nearly enough, which means that our bodies cannot produce enough collagen which is used to repair damaged arteries. It therefore relies on cholesterol which is not the ideal artery repair "material". Most animals (unlike humans) have an enzyme in their livers that allows them to produce massive amounts of vitamin C, without needing it from their diets.

These animals (except guinea pigs & humans) DON'T get heart disease. Vit C is also an anti-oxidant which prevents free radical damage to almost all parts of the body. So get plenty vitamin C and you won't have to worry about cholesterol in meats, which for the most part is actually good for us (the outer walls of the heart itself is covered with it I believe).

I would not recommend pork, very large fish or shellfish however. Shellfish are the filter feeder cleaners of the oceans, pork the same but for the land and very big fish have mercury.

Pork has caused as much, or more liver cirrhosis than alcohol - clinical trials have proven this. Search for these studies on the PubMED website (National Institute of Health). The more pork you eat the higher your chances. Pigs are habitually dirty scavengers, not matter how "clean" they are "raised". Ideal hosts for a mutating flu virus too (link between humans and dirty ducks allowing easier jump of species gap).

Germany has a high rate of alcohol consumption AND of pork consumption and thus a very high rate (at least historically) of liver cirrhosis.

Stick to organic, grass fed "clean" meats - eg. Beef, mutton/lamb, etc.

Sugars and grains are bad yes, but remember with fruits - when eaten in unprocessed totally raw form, they contain enough water to dilute the sugar (fructose) and enough fiber to slow the spikes in blood sugar. With grains, they are high in carbs, which quickly gets converted by body to sugar too, but fiber with the wholegrains when unrefined also slows down blood sugar spikes as does fiber in fruit. Gluten in grains a different story, there is a lot of debate as to how good gluten is for you. At the least it's not good for those who are gluten intolerant (although some argue we all are, just some much more than others).

Due to people not eating enough wholegrains and/or green vegetables, magnesium deficiency is becoming a big problem in the west. Magnesium (and Vitamin D) drives calcium into the bones and teeth where it belongs. With a lack of magnesium, calcium starts building up in all the soft organs and tissues of the body (calcification of kidneys, heart, arteries and even brain - alzheimers). Plaque that blocks arteries (causing heart attacks and strokes) is composed of one or more of the following and is not just cholesterol:

Plaque = Cholesterol (saturated fat), calcium, oxidized cholesterol, trans fat (heat damaged vegetable oil in all fried foods), proteins attached to cholesterol molecules, etc, etc.

Posted on 2013-09-27 23:55:08
Name:Raynote
Location:France
Subject:Animal fat, cholesterol and healthy dieting
Sarah, I agree with everything you said apart from one thing: I thought it was Ancel Keyes in the 1950s who did the bad science to suit his wrong theories, and then everybody followed, starting with the US Congress.
Posted on 2013-10-09 11:12:47
Name:Ethan
Location:England
Subject:I can only eat 3 things on the list!
I can only eat 3 things on the list because I am a vegetarian and 7 of the things on that list are unsuitable for vegetarians.I think that healthy vitamins and minerals that are found in meat and fish should be put in vegetarian foods instead of vegetarians having to get loads of vitamin tablets to save money.
Posted on 2013-10-30 13:35:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: I can only eat 3 things on the list!
Hi Ethan, thanks for your comments. This list has now been updated to list a lot more foods, and hopefully you will find some good vegetarian options. If you are still having trouble, try use the nutrient ranking tool to find high selenium foods across different food groups.
Posted on 2013-10-31 07:23:11
Name:Dave
Location:NZ
Subject:Selenium in the soil and plants
Well done Marsha from Oregon. You got it right. What is not mentioned in the above list is the fact that the plant selenium is totally dependent on selenium being in the soil in the first place. Selenium needs to be supplied as a supplement to animals in areas low in soil selenium. If there's none in the soil there's none in the plant either or the animal.
Posted on 2014-01-13 18:35:04
Name:Rebecca
Location:United States
Subject:Paleo and athletes
Sarah and Chris, as a paleo diet follower, I agree with what you are writing about not eating grains and too much sugary or dried fruits. For me the exception is if I am training after and before a long run (of more than 40 minutes); at those times I allow myself some dates or sugary fruits like apples or bananas for the density in energy. I am not talking huge quantities though, just around 200 calories or so, especially after and before a half marathon. As someone who likes to eat a lot of kale and swiss chard,I always through in some organic mushrooms for the selenium to balance out the goitergenics properties and keep my thyroid healthy.
Posted on 2014-01-15 14:46:01
Name:Sara
Location:U.S
Subject:Sarah's comment
Hi Sarah, I liked your comment, did you know you cant use d3 without k2? and natto is about the only adequate source, or a supplement made from natto?

I was going to tell you, CRISCO is HYDROGENATED oil, and that in itself is what causes direct obesity, diabetes, and more. it also suffocates cells, as that oxygen receptor on all oil cells is blocked by their addition of hydrogen to "make it thick", highly toxic to cells and months for a cell to rid it once eaten.

everyone should ignore the fake myth stats of "trans fats" the hydro-oil industry made up (kraft, lever bros, proctor & gamble patent owners), and read to weed out ALL hydrogenated oils from your foods. almost all prepared food has it added in. It's akin to flavored soap and a true health killer.

Posted on 2014-01-15 20:08:58

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References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25.
  2. Office Of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheet