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Edward A asked the question in Sports Nutrition

Tuna and its sides.

Hello, new here. but thought id ask the questiong to see how other people feel about tuna.  I can purchase tuna fairly cheaply and its the easiest thing for me to prepare to get a decent amount of protein in during the day. i often walk out of ALDI with a whole tray of double stacked tuna. but at x3 cans a day should i be worried about the mercury content and its effects? it is skipjack which i believe is lower in mercury than albacore but still!.......

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I believe that with any food, you should take it in moderation. If you are taking 3 cans a day of tuna, that seems like a whole lot for a week, then even a month. You should probably check the latest guidelines. I remember at some point I read that they only recommended fish 3 times a week, but I'm sure it's changed since then.

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I agree, three cans a day is quite a lot to have on a daily basis. would you consider other forms of protein such as eggs? nuts can be cheap enough too if you get own brand. Or if you are really watching calories, there are other choices such as kidney beans that are also very cheap too, i get mine from aldi and if you have little tuppawares they make a portable snack, a full tin is 16 g protein so not as much as the tuna. turkey mince is also great and you can prepare it ahead in batches, in 300 g of turkey mince there is 100 g of protein (an average sized carton) so if you were to split this five ways and maybe prepare ahead with some veg or something you would get five mini meals from that and prob the same price as your cans of tuna with 20 g protein per meal, also really low cal too, i think in the full carton of mince its 450 cal (taken from the colins book of calories). so you would be looking at less than 100 g per mini meal. Hope thats of help! I think the guidelines for fish are still three times a week so I wouldnt go too mad on it!

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I did a bit of a trawl around looking for a definative answer about fish and mercury. Seems there isn't one- there is definate clear guidance for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy and young children- because mercury is toxic to a developing brain, but you are an adult so that's irrelevent. There is a study for a few years ago showing that men who have heart attacks tend to have higher levels of mercury in them- but I couldnt find any thing else to say it had been confirmed to be causal, so not really very helpful. Generally a varied diet is the recommended norm, but I can appreciate why you are going for tuna. The guidelines about fish 3 times a week are to encourage us to eat this as a minimum- and preferably as an oily fish- perhaps you could look at the tinned pilchards and sardines, these are smaller younger fish and so have a much lower mercury content. I don't know what their protein content is but guess it would still be good and they are oily fish too.

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