Can it be harmful to your health if you eat too much tuna? Some people seem to think so. According to the article, Too Much Tuna Means Too Much Mercury for Kids, tuna is horrible. Of course it isn’t true, but sensationalism is what they (mainstream media) use to get you to read and believe misinformation like this.
The Truth about Tuna
The article refers to canned tuna, but mercury levels don’t change just because of how you store or keep fish. The fact is, tuna is getting a bad reputation because of the mercury levels found in canned tuna when it’s completely undeserved.
Tuna may contain mercury, as does practically all fish, but it also has one of the highest amounts of selenium, an element that counteracts the mercury. I’m really curious about the targeting of tuna as being bad.
Something Smells Fishy
I may just be paranoid in a way, but it seems like all animals and animal products are being systematically targeted. I think it all started with the attack on the incredible edible egg. Researchers targeted it as having too much cholesterol back when they didn’t know there were two kinds of cholesterol. Years later, doctors are still telling people eggs are bad.
It seems like every other week, I read something that says something negative about beef, pork, chicken and fish. It’s like we’re being told the only things that are safe to eat are fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and specific grains like oats (because grains like wheat can cause gluten intolerance).
I don’t know about you, but the idea of sticking to a vegan lifestyle seems quite boring and without much taste.
Okay, so any kind of fish can contain mercury, with the higher concentrations found in big fish. Does that mean I’m going to stop eating fish? No way. I like tuna and tuna salad sandwiches, tuna casserole and tuna macaroni way too much to stop anytime soon.
Fish has always contained mercury and people have eaten fish regularly for thousands of years. The human population hasn’t suffered by doing so, has it?
Look to the Japanese for an example. You don’t see the so-called ill effects of mercury in those people and they eat more fish than anyone in the world.
The reason tuna is even being researched is because it’s one of the few fishes that a third of all Americans like to eat. Let’s face it, it’s one of the few fishes that doesn’t taste so damned fishy. Why tuna is always under attack, for one reason or another, is a question I can’t answer. Your guess is as good as mine.
[Photo Attribution: By NOAA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]