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I prefer tuna from a can but will eat it if it is cooked well and it is one of my favorite fish to have for a meal

I grew up eating canned tuna from the following brands sold in local stores near our home in Dallas, TX.

The one canned tuna I ate most of was called and still is called Starkist. Chicken of the Sea is also a family favorite.

But here lately I have learned that you get a trace of Mercury in some tuna and even worse, radiation!

I don't think they would sell tuna fish that is contaminated right? I mean, I have been eating it all my life. Should I be concerned? And are some tuna fish actually on the endangered species list?

Well, I know I can Google it. But I am tired and I don't want to become discouraged not to eat it because I enjoy eating tuna salad sandwiches and don't really like the idea of stopping now. It has a good amount of protein and is low in calories so for that reason alone and it tastes good, I will likely not stop buying it.

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MegL wrote on October 21, 2017, 1:36 PM

In the UK, it is recommended not to eat tinned fish, such as tuna and mackerel, more than 3 times a week because of mercury levels.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 21, 2017, 2:50 PM

This is very bad news. I have eaten a lot of canned tuna, now they sell it in aluminum lined plastic bags but still that doesn't make a bit of difference as to what is in the tuna from the oceans and the fact that mercury is found in tuna makes me wonder if in fact Trout or other fish might have it and if there is anything being done to remove mercury from the waters or if there are any oceans where tuna is actually not affected by the mercury. Just wondering. I have had my share of salmon and it also comes as fresh in fillet form but also in cans like the tuna does.

Last Edited: October 21, 2017, 2:52 PM

MegL wrote on October 21, 2017, 5:35 PM

Although there is sea trout in the UK, I understand most trout is river trout. I don't think that has the same problem. Also, I understand that fish caught in the Pacific do not have the same level of mercury in them. I eat a lot of canned tuna too.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 21, 2017, 7:11 PM

I think I will go make a tuna sandwich tonight while watching television.

VinceSummers wrote on October 23, 2017, 12:21 PM

There is also the Bumble Bee brand. Frankly, I don't know about the mercury levels and their variation. I have only been told it is higher in Albacore. So ordinarily, I eat the so-called Solid Light Tuna packed in olive oil and seasoned with rosemary or dill. And I often eat it right out of the can. I'm lazy when it comes to making a sandwich with mayo. I sometimes get mad at myself for being so lazy.

HappyLady wrote on October 23, 2017, 3:51 PM

I must admit I do not eat Tuna as I am also scared about the mercury and I also once heard they use whale meat. I hope not, but this has stuck with me for years after being told so while I was at college.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 24, 2017, 11:08 PM

You were just plain hungry I suppose. I have eaten it out of the can many times. LOL

lookatdesktop wrote on October 24, 2017, 11:09 PM

Don't worry about whale meat in tuna, worry about eating too much tuna. LOL