Let’s face it, when most of us eat fish… it’s tuna from a can. Since eating DHA-rich fish is so important for our health – especially if we’re pregnant, nursing or feeding a young child – a cursory reading of my last post may send you to the cupboard for some tuna.
STOP! Did you know that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) strongly recommends that pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under 5 “not eat albacore tuna at all, because a significant portion of albacore tuna has very high mercury levels.” Basing their conclusions on the FDA’s own guidelines for what constitutes a safe amount of mercury, the EWG warns, “People eating this tuna will exceed safe exposure levels by a wide margin.” And, what about light tuna? We don’t know. Light tuna contains less mercury, but no one (including the FDA) has determined what amount is safe for pregnant women.
You can get all the details at EWG’s Tuna Calculator. The calculator will determine how much tuna you can safely eat, based on your weight, if you’re NOT pregnant, nursing or a child under 5.
P.S. Need another reason to ditch the canned tuna? It’s CANNED. Canned foods are lined with BPA-tainted plastic. Yup, virtually all of them! Only a very, very few brands are starting to use non-BPA can linings, but they’re few and far between and very hard to find in your local store.