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  • Are we overlooking the cons of canned fish?

    Could the canning process of fish produce harmful substances, such as oxidized cholesterol and/or rancid PUFA's. I have looked all over the net but I can't find a clear answer on this, just speculation. I have also failed to find any major 'paleo' figure blog about this. Any ideas? I really don't want to stop consuming sardines because they are such a great source of calcium.

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    Why are you worried about this? Seems like there are two possibilities, based on what you've said about there being no info on it:

    1) You're opening up a can of worms (ha!) that no-one else has thought of yet, and you'll be credited with alerting everyone to the dangers inherent in canned fish

    or

    2) The reason you can't find any information about it is that it isn't a problem.

    Before I can guess which is correct, I need to hear what lead you down the path of thinking this could be a problem.
    Liz.

    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lizch View Post
      Why are you worried about this? Seems like there are two possibilities, based on what you've said about there being no info on it:

      1) You're opening up a can of worms (ha!) that no-one else has thought of yet, and you'll be credited with alerting everyone to the dangers inherent in canned fish

      or

      2) The reason you can't find any information about it is that it isn't a problem.

      Before I can guess which is correct, I need to hear what lead you down the path of thinking this could be a problem.
      PaNu - P

      That post on Panu is what got me thinking.

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      • #4
        OK, I guess it's option 3

        3) A guy called Marvin opened a can of worms that no-one else has thought of yet, and he'll be credited with alerting everyone to the dangers inherent in canned fish.
        Liz.

        Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
        Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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        • #5
          no, i've thought of it.

          and the way i see it is this: 1. you can choose to avoid canned fish for those reasons; or 2. you can choose to consume canned fish anyway.

          i don't consume canned fish, but we will be putting some in our emergency earthquake kit. i figure that it's not a bad idea for emergencies. we're making pemmican (and dating it), plus jerky, plus dried fruit and dried veggies (including fruit/veggie leathers), and canned coconut cream, fish, chicken and so on.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lizch View Post
            OK, I guess it's option 3

            3) A guy called Marvin opened a can of worms that no-one else has thought of yet, and he'll be credited with alerting everyone to the dangers inherent in canned fish.
            Well if I am to consume these often I don't want to know I am damaging my body in some way or another. I'll keep scouring for more info on the subject.

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            • #7
              I've been eating tons of canned fish for the past year and haven't noticed any effects of it (I've gone periods of time without it before). I love it, its a quick, cheap and easy protein and omega-3 source for me. If a solid study comes out about oxidized cholesterol in canned fish I may change my ways but for now I'm enjoying my cans of fish.
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              • #8
                I'm also a big consumer of canned fish. I'm a huge fan of canned wild caught red salmon and I eat some tuna as well. It would take a lot of convincing for me to give up my canned salmon habit.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Daemonized View Post
                  I'm also a big consumer of canned fish. I'm a huge fan of canned wild caught red salmon and I eat some tuna as well. It would take a lot of convincing for me to give up my canned salmon habit.
                  same....add sardines. i love the soft bones in canned sardines and salmon. affordable beyond belief if you hit up the right places/times
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                    same....add sardines. i love the soft bones in canned sardines and salmon. affordable beyond belief if you hit up the right places/times
                    So true, and that's a big reason why I love them. I'd hate to give them up if they do turn out to be a significant source of oxidized fats or cholesterol.

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                    • #11
                      Sardines and wild salmon are my go tos for lunch. Affordable and super tasty. I really don't want to give them up!

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                      • #12
                        yeah, my family and i can't live without our canned salmon cakes...they're crack to my 2.5 yr old!
                        "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                          same....add sardines. i love the soft bones in canned sardines and salmon. affordable beyond belief if you hit up the right places/times
                          If you have a Big Lots nearby, they have them for peanuts...
                          Peak weight on Standard American Diet: 316.8 lbs
                          Initial Weight When Starting Primal: 275 lbs
                          Current weight: 210.8 lbs
                          Goal weight: 220 lbs (or less): MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by isaboblue View Post
                            yeah, my family and i can't live without our canned salmon cakes...they're crack to my 2.5 yr old!
                            recipe
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                              recipe
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