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    slimmer is offline Warming Up
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    Question So is tuna safe to eat every day?

    Is it ok to eat a can of tuna or salmon every day?

    Just wandering as 'mercury' quite often pops up in threads. I had a look around and all i could really find was that pregnant women should avoid it. Didn't really say much about adult men needing to avoid it?

    Did clearly point out to pretty much avoid swordfish, shark or marlin as they have loadsa the stuff in it.

    Anyways, according to reports, pregnant women in UK should have no more than 4 cans a week, so for me to have it every day doesn't seem that bad?

    Do any of you guys/gals have it everyday?

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    Mercury is something that accumulates in your body over a long period of time. It really doesn't begin to hurt you until you later years, often causing painful arthritis problems.

    The general rule I've always heard is try to avoid eating tuna/salmon more than twice a week, so your body has time to properly process the toxins.

    Of course, there are methods by which you can detoxify if you do eat tuna/salmon (and any other farm-grown or bay-poached fish, really) more frequently than this.

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    From this site: http://www.balanceyournutrition.com/...y_toxicity.htm

    Toxicity from eating contaminated fish: This is one of the main sources of mercury poisoning and one which is attracting a great deal of recent attention. The FDA is coming under increasing pressure from environmental groups to warn the public of the dangers of eating tuna because it contains enough mercury to damage a developing foetus. At least three states, Washington, New Jersey and Minnesota, have recommended pregnant women to limit tuna consumption to 1 1/2 cans per week, and in Canada and advisory was issued warning women of childbearing age and children to limit consumption of shark, swordfish and fresh tuna to one meal per month.

    The FDA since 2001 had already advised pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, and small children to avoid eating four types of fish: shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. However, tuna was not on the list of fish to avoid and the FDA recommendations that up to 12 ounces or 2 1/2 cans of tuna per week is safe to eat is being challenged by the environment working group.

    It is important to note that not all fish are considered risky in the context of mercury contamination. Fish is high in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which is known to be beneficial to cardiovascular health. Therefore, rather than avoid all fish, it is more prudent to find good substitutes for the risky fish. There are many types of fish available and farm raised fish is one option. Only trace amounts of mercury, 40-100 times below the safe limit were found in common commercially produced fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimmer

    Just wandering as 'mercury' quite often pops up in threads. I had a look around and all i could really find was that pregnant women should avoid it. Didn't really say much about adult men needing to avoid it?
    mercury is bad, bad news for just about everyone and everything. as was said, it builds up in your body and causes a host of neurological problems.

    how real is the threat? it is very hard to say since the effects cannot be seen for years. but it does not hurt to err on the side of caution, considering that mercury poisoning is not something to mess with.

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    I eat 1-2 cans of tuna/day. hmph

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    Ideally I'd want to have a can of tuna every other day, and a can of salmon every other day in between that.

    Do you know if salmon has around the same levels of mercury as tuna or does it have less?

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    I have used this list to guide me through my seafood purchases. A very good site. You will find info on tuna here too.

    http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp

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    if it werent for the mercury levels, i would eat tuna 5 times a day. but i dont eat it more than a couple times a week, because the fact is, the threat is hard to define, but the potential consequences are huge.

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    no...i don't think i have anything the same each day..it's important to vary your nutrients to get maximum nutrition.

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