Canned Tuna 101 in 100 Words

The Health Junction got an early morning request from reader Yasmeen on what the best type of canned tuna to go with is.  Here is the deal with canned tuna in 100 words:

Go with a light tuna rather than a white tuna – light comes from a smaller fish and so the risk of mercury is lower.  Look for something that comes from skipjack and is packed in water rather than oil.  Albacore is normally a larger fish and because of its size has more mercury.

If you can afford it, there are some product lines eco-friendly.  Wild Planet has a light tuna as well as a low mercury albacore tuna.  Raincoast Trading (BC based) was ranked # 1 in terms of sustainability by Greenpeace, however, they only offer albacore tuna and stats on the associated mercury levels are not available .  I have emailed their communications dept to get information on mercury levels – stayed tuned!

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