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July 27, 2012 7:33 AM
I've read that tuna has a lot of mercury. Since trying to get my protein up, I've been eating a can a day (for the last week)
Is that too much?
(Someone on here said they eat 3 cans a day? Then again I don't know if that's every day)
July 27, 2012 7:36 AM
it can be bad if you eat it that often. also, your body responds better when you eat different foods every day!
do you like eggs? the whites have a LOT of protein.
tofu is great for protein. a lot of beans, seeds, and greek yogurt have good protein too.
you can always try protein bars + supplements too :)
variety is always better! good luck
Edited by monstercakes On July 27, 2012 7:39 AM
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July 27, 2012 7:36 AM
I've heard about the mercury nonsense too... I suppose it's not that good for you in the long run.
But neither is eating cheese burgers.
You gotta make a decision somewhere.

I wouldn't worry about it to the point that you ration yourself to a can per week because your afraid your going to sprout an extra arm due to mercury.
But if you are concerned, you could always try working in some grilled chicken or a protein shake instead. I also rinse off my tuna after draining out the excess water- rinses off a little sodium too.
  10825235
July 27, 2012 7:39 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it to the point that you ration yourself to a can per week because your afraid your going to sprout an extra arm due to mercury.

this is true too haha!
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July 27, 2012 7:40 AM
try cottage cheese if it will break it up and make you feel better.
July 27, 2012 7:41 AM
One can a day is a lot of tuna. Yeah.
July 27, 2012 7:43 AM
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One can a day is a lot of tuna. Yeah.


How big is this can?
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July 27, 2012 7:45 AM
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How big is this can?


I'm assuming it's the standard 6oz can, as I've not seen any other sizes
Edited by secretlobster On July 27, 2012 7:47 AM
July 27, 2012 7:46 AM
The serving size is 60g which is half a can, so two servings of tuna at 120 cals and 28 or 30g protein (I can't remember exactly.)

I like tuna because 1) It's a lot of protein and 2) It's cheap. Single mom on a budget.
Edited by angelicasmommy On July 27, 2012 7:47 AM
July 27, 2012 7:46 AM
http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/tuna.asp

This may help. Unrelated to above, I eat 1-2 cans a week easy, 106 grams drained each.
July 27, 2012 7:47 AM
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I've heard about the mercury nonsense too... I suppose it's not that good for you in the long run.



I'm sorry. Nonsense? So because you don't like the way something sounds it's just nonsense now? noway

Have you ever heard of bio accumulation?

http://www.lvrj.com/news/study_-mercury-in-canned-tuna-high-83006612.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2007/02/19/tuna-testing.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/heart-healthy-tuna-is-good-until-you-get-mercury-poisoning/article4190583/

Mercury is extremely high in large ocean fish like tuna. You are not supposed to exceed 3 CANS A WEEK. Especially if you are a woman and especially if you are of child bearing age.

Switch to salmon, it is not nearly as bad.


I do not get this site. Do you people never read/watch the news/been in a science class?
July 27, 2012 7:49 AM
I don't like salmon :/ I'm normally the type to say I don't like something even though I have never tried it, but I HAVE tried salmon and I know how good it is for you but YUCK. I do like white fish like cod, haddock, sole etc. Maybe I'll get that next.
July 27, 2012 7:52 AM
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How big is this can?


I'm assuming it's the standard 6oz can, as I've not seen any other sizes


There is a shedload of tuna in all sizes in my local Woolies, just trying to establish a standard ;)
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July 27, 2012 7:52 AM
Well sh!t, I've been eating about a can every night this week because I made tuna salad.
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July 27, 2012 7:54 AM
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Well sh!t, I've been eating about a can every night this week because I made tuna salad.


It's not like you've been ingesting arsenic-injected Marlboro Reds, I think you can relax ;)
  17124298
July 27, 2012 7:56 AM
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It's not like you've been ingesting arsenic-injected Marlboro Reds, I think you can relax ;)


So you're saying the "no more than one can every 3 days" rule is BS because mercury isn't arsenic?
July 27, 2012 7:56 AM
Canned tuna does contain mercury, but according to the FDA it's one of the lower mercury seafood items. Linky: http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/product-specificinformation/seafood/foodbornepathogenscontaminants/methylmercury/ucm115662.htm

And quote:

By following these 3 recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.

Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
Another commonly eaten fish, albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don't consume any other fish during that week.
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July 27, 2012 7:57 AM
Tuna has a lot of sodium too...
July 27, 2012 7:58 AM
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I've heard about the mercury nonsense too... I suppose it's not that good for you in the long run.
But neither is eating cheese burgers.
You gotta make a decision somewhere.



You hit the bulls eye
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July 27, 2012 7:59 AM
I wouldn't do a can a day but canned light (not white albicore) is pretty low in mercurey while fresh ahi is among the highest mercury. The people that need to avoid it the most are women that are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. There are guidlines as to how much to eat withing a time frame. (Ahi, no more than 6 oz in 2 to 3 months)
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July 27, 2012 7:59 AM
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Well sh!t, I've been eating about a can every night this week because I made tuna salad.


It's not like you've been ingesting arsenic-injected Marlboro Reds, I think you can relax ;)


^Agreed.

And excuse my chosen words of "non-sense". In my opinion, I worry about so many other things de-railing my body goals that I can live my life comfortably without adding this one to the list.

If you feel that strongly, don't eat tuna.
Problem solved.

Now I'm going to go have a tuna melt and enjoy my day. laugh
  10825235
July 27, 2012 8:00 AM
I LOVE canned tuna, but wouldn't eat a can a day. I think the mercury warnings are real. Consequences are down the road quite a ways. Eat a variety of other things as well for better nutrition.
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July 27, 2012 8:01 AM
Yeah, definitely just polished off a 10 oz can yesterday... I may have an extra appendage soon. noway
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July 27, 2012 8:01 AM
I was told limit 2 cans a week due to the mercury. I eat a lot of egg whites to get some extra protein. I had a friend who got mercury poisoning because he was eating a can a day.
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July 27, 2012 8:02 AM
My co-worker just told me yesterday that a friend of hers is having to go through testing for high mercury levels in her body because she was eating a can of day for protein (she's a vegetarian). So I would be careful.
Edited by sun33082 On July 27, 2012 8:02 AM
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