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    Canned tuna questions

    Ok, so I'm on a diet (while still keeping true to the primal/paleo methodology/ideology/cult) So I'm actually (gasp!) tracking my macros as well as calories.

    I LOOOOVE canned tuna. You can get those 7oz cans of Chicken of the Sea from Costco pretty cheaply. I love adding in onion, bell pepper, celery, radish, and Israeli pickles (they are spicy, not sweet). That plus 1 tbsp of home made mayo. Yum!

    But at the same time, I don't want any complications from too much mercury. If I could get away with it, I'd eat tuna salad for lunch Monday - Friday because it fits into my diet perfectly.

    But how much tuna is safe to eat. I've seen different reports, and generally people are talking about 3 or 4 2 oz portions a week. What!? One 7oz can is basically the most canned tuna I can eat a week.

    Is this right? I supplement with trace minerals, tuna is apparently high in selenium (which helps the body get rid of mercury), etc. Does anyone have a better understanding of how this works and how much is actually dangerous?

    --Me

    P.S. I'm aware I can eat canned salmon instead of tuna, which is a lot safer, but it really isn't nearly as yummy. I'm saving that for the "other" days when I can't eat tuna. I just need to figure out how much tuna I can eat.

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    The general threads I've read confirm what you said in your post, the selenium in tuna takes care of what mercury may be there. I know of no limits.
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    don't eat Mako everyday, and you'll be just fine. The selenium takes care of the mercury.


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    Y'all just warmed the cockles of my heart!

    Much obliged!

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    My heart has a cockle?

    Man I gotta revisit my anatomy text book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamm View Post
    Y'all just warmed the cockles of my heart!

    Much obliged!

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    You didn't say you had heart cockles. That changes everything I said.
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    Hi, not more than 13 ounces per week, or just under three cans but it depends how much body weight you have because dietitian recommend that you should take canned tuna according to your weight otherwise it may cause complications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckhammer View Post
    My heart has a cockle?

    Man I gotta revisit my anatomy text book!
    So, did you find the cockles? Mine are still rather warmed up. Maybe I should see a doctor?

    --Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamm View Post
    So, did you find the cockles? Mine are still rather warmed up. Maybe I should see a doctor?

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    It really must be the tuna. There is no cure so why bother a doctor?
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    Research I've read says albacore and yellowfin have almost three times as much mercury as skipjack...skipjack is labled Light tuna.

    I stick with Light tuna. I like Starkist Selects Solid Light tuna in olive oil ($1.66 a can at Wal-Mart).

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