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Can Tuna - Healthy food or Unhealthy?

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by oohchild, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. oohchild

    oohchild Well-Known Member

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    I was boasting to my friends the other day about how i have switched to clean and healthy diet, and when I mentioned about can tuna. One of my friend who is working on food and additives company queried, "Isn't can tuna supposed to be unhealthy?!..it is highly processed!!"

    My question is, is it really considered unhealthy? The worrying thing is, I am eating it almost daily to help fulfill my protein requirements. *sigh* any comments on this.
     
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    TheLemonSong Well-Known Member

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    Healthy! Your friend is wrong!
     
  3. MannishBoy

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    The concern is generally not the processing, it is the possibility of mercury in the fish. From what I've read, it isn't THAT much to worry about. I don't eat it every day, but IMO, canned tuna is a great addition to the diet for good proteins and fats without a lot of calories. Salmon is also good for similar reasons, if not slightly better.
     
  4. oohchild

    oohchild Well-Known Member

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    What my friend meant is that they added chemicals, additives, flavourings, extracts etc. to the fish. Seems to sound logical since fish will not be fresh if kept at room temperature, definitely something has to be added to keep it from turning bad.
     
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    Read the label. Not sure what tuna you buy, but mine says: tuna, water, salt (in that order)...that's it. Nothing "highly processed" about that ;)

    The only and I mean only "concern" would be mercury (but it's not exclusive to tuna, it's pretty much all fish) and even then, that's only if you are a small child, a lactating or pregnant female.
     
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    You can buy buy tuna that comes pre-flavored, but even then it has very little in the way of preservatives. Tuna packed in water is stored at room temperature, but it is also locked in an airtight container just like other canned foods. The meat itself is "processed" in that it is chopped into small bits and then shoved in a can. :)
     
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    What kind of flavoring? I didnt know there was some sort of artificial "tuna" flavour. :D

    Also, there isnt some sort of "magic" preservative that makes it to where you dont have to refridgerate things that otherwise need to be refridgerated. The tuna is just cooked and canned, like people used to do in the olden days with tomatoes and such.
     
  8. philph

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    I also eat a lot of canned tuna.

    I've never heard of 'flavoured' tuna - the only canned tuna I've seen comes in salted water. (I also once saw canned tuna in oil - but it was sunflower oil, so I gave that a miss.)

    My only two concerns are the salt and the method of cooking.

    I drain most of the water off, so the amount of salt is considerably reduced. There are no other additives present.

    Regarding the cooking, I've no idea what the methods are, and whether there are extremely high temperatures involved that might unfavourably modify the protein (if this can happen?). But on the other hand, if I had fresh fish, there's no guarantee of how good my own cooking methods would be.
     
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    You can get some of the bagged tuna from like Bumblebee and Starkist in flavors like "smoked", etc.
     
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    I eat canned tuna 3 or 4 times a week. Get it in a 12 pack from Costco. Maybe someone should come up with a lobster flavored tuna.

    Have a look at these great tuna recipes. :drool:
    http://www.deepsquatter.com/shake.htm
     
  12. TheLemonSong

    TheLemonSong Well-Known Member

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    The OFFICIAL D/FW Assault Crew Tuna Shake - By Chef Jeff Amason

    2 6oz cans Tuna in water(or oil if on Bodyopus Diet)
    2 cups water or skim milk
    4 large ice cubes

    Blend until smooth & creamy. This is a must for any hardcore lifter.

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! I think I just lost my appetite!
     
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    We have these in Canada. I don't know about their availability elsewhere.

    http://www.cloverleaf.ca/product.php?iProdFamilyID=5&language=en
     
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    Tuna is cooked in the can after it is sealed...this is why it can sit so long...Nothing can get in, and everything there prior has been killed by cooking.
     
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    A tuna shake? Ick... I think I have to go lie down now.

    -L



     
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    Best subway sandwich two nights ago as my PWO meal:

    foot long tuna (made with light mayo)
    added full serving of chicken
    added full serving of roast beef
    all veggies
    no cheese or condiments

    mmmmmmmmm. Barely fit in the bread. It took me 2 meals to eat the whole thing, and it probably weighed 3 lbs.

     
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    I see no one here is concerned about the mercury. Well I am so I eat chunk light tuna as opposed to albacore. Albacore has a lot more mercury. By eating chunk light I can safely eat 3-4 cans of tuna a week. There is alot of conflicting information so I err on the side of caution with this one.
     

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