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Can you Eat too much Tuna? Is Tuna Bad for you?

- September 21, 2017

tuna fish Can it be harmful to your health if you eat too much tuna? Some people seem to think so. According to this article, tuna is horrible.

Of course it isn’t true (unless you eat too much of it and eating too much of anything isn’t good). Sensationalism is what the mainstream media uses 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 the fish. Tuna’s 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 why it’s targeted as being really 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 eggs as having too much cholesterol back when they didn’t know there were two kinds of cholesterol. Years later, doctors are still telling people to stay away from eggs.

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 at all. Most of the green vegetables seem practically tasteless to me.




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 in sandwiches, casseroles 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 seem to eat more fish than any other group in the world.

Why Tuna?

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 it’s always under attack, for one reason or another, is a question I can’t answer. Your guess is as good as mine.

This article is more than interesting. It basically says you’re okay if you don’t eat tuna everyday and you don’t eat more than a can at a time. That’s about all I can stomach at one time anyway.

Originally published in August of 2015. Updated for readability.

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Jack Darby (2015)

As for fish tasting "fishy", my uncle, who took his fishing seriously (his idea of places worth fishing were places in Canada with no roads that could only be reached by plane) once told me that "if a fish smells fishy, it's only a question of how rotten it is". I've found that to be true - good fresh fish smells like the sea or the lake.

RT Cunningham (2015)

You're right, of course. Some fish just tend to taste fishier faster, like catfish.

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