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    Tuna Fish - Can you eat too much?

    Okay, I thought about the processed meats post, and realized I could be just as cheap, get even more protein if I eat a can of tuna, instead of a ham sandwich.

    I already eat a can of tuna once a day, 5 days a week. Do you feel eating two cans a day, 5 days a week would be too much (mercury poisoning, or anything else)?

    What about 3 cans a day (probably would get old, but gotta feed the machine)?
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    Originally Posted by TBernard
    Okay, I thought about the processed meats post, and realized I could be just as cheap, get even more protein if I eat a can of tuna, instead of a ham sandwich.

    I already eat a can of tuna once a day, 5 days a week. Do you feel eating two cans a day, 5 days a week would be too much (mercury poisoning, or anything else)?

    What about 3 cans a day (probably would get old, but gotta feed the machine)?
    I get sick of tuna so fast!!!!!!
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    I used to eat 2 cans of tuna a day then i found a bag of chicken at Wal-mart for 7 bucks and never looked back.

    I don't think you can eat to much tuna unless that is all you are eating everyday.
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    Originally Posted by TBernard
    Okay, I thought about the processed meats post, and realized I could be just as cheap, get even more protein if I eat a can of tuna, instead of a ham sandwich.

    I already eat a can of tuna once a day, 5 days a week. Do you feel eating two cans a day, 5 days a week would be too much (mercury poisoning, or anything else)?

    What about 3 cans a day (probably would get old, but gotta feed the machine)?
    Good question......care to be our guinea pig ??? j/k !!! I share your feelings as to just what is "too much" tuna... (Although I must admit to buying grocerystore branded foil packs instead of cans - the cans are too too reminiscent of canned cat food - I actually think that is what turned me off to tuna over the years, was the can !!!! I've been eating it regularly for the last several months to a year, just buying the foil no-drain pouches (Kroger brand = cheap stuff).....mix in some ff Kroger cc and some homemade salsa and you have an inexpensive tuna salad good for a couple meals !!!
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    Originally Posted by Fuelish
    Good question......care to be our guinea pig ??? j/k !!! I share your feelings as to just what is "too much" tuna... (Although I must admit to buying grocerystore branded foil packs instead of cans - the cans are too too reminiscent of canned cat food - I actually think that is what turned me off to tuna over the years, was the can !!!! I've been eating it regularly for the last several months to a year, just buying the foil no-drain pouches (Kroger brand = cheap stuff).....mix in some ff Kroger cc and some homemade salsa and you have an inexpensive tuna salad good for a couple meals !!!
    Sounds good. I still eat the cans, and I don't mind. They are only 52 cents a can at the grocery store, have a ton of protein, and next to 0 carbs. A little high in sodium, so I use no salt, just pepper and a very little fatty mayo (cheaper than buying the fat free stuff for now, as I get the fatty mayo free at work).

    I will try 2 cans a day and see how it works.
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    Mercury poisoning anyone?
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    Originally Posted by millertime3250
    Mercury poisoning anyone?
    Maybe if you ate 10+ cans a day? lol.

    I'm on 3-4...
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    Mercury Poisoning usually affects pregnant women or younger children rather than teens/adults but excessive tuna consumption is dangerous.

    If you’re going to consume a large amount of tuna, I would suggest going with light tuna instead of the regular tuna.

    Resource Links:
    http://www.annecollins.com/diet_news...ury-toxins.htm
    http://www.pbs.org/now/science/mercuryinfish.html

    Mercury Calculator:
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    i have eaten two tuna sandwhiches every day for teh last year. Im fine. the only part i hate is having to make it all the time. I usually make enough to last for 3 days so im not boiling eggs everyday.
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    Originally Posted by SoWise
    i have eaten two tuna sandwhiches every day for teh last year. Im fine. the only part i hate is having to make it all the time. I usually make enough to last for 3 days so im not boiling eggs everyday.
    Sorry if I sound oblivious but what does boiling eggs have to do with tuna ?
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    Tuna + Eggs = Tuna Salad
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    yep. imo, you cannot have tuna salad with the eggs(sans the yolks), fat free mayo, no sugar added relish, and a little lemon juice.
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    I eat 2 cans of tuna a day, with 100g's of rice. eat those falvoured cans they will make you want more , i don't mind the little extra fat for all that protain, (sweet chilli, spicy chilli, tomatoe and onion(tomatoes falvoure) those are my favorate.

    i also hear that taking chorella helps clean your system of mercury. That was my old **** kunt diatition ust to tell me.
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    Bump for more opinions and more guru's... interesting post max omega.
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    I eat a 12 ounce can of starkist chunk light tuna everyday for lunch. Never had a problem with anything. But I am looking for something else to add to it, because all I literally have is a 12 ounce can and a diet soda.



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    Add another can Spaz, you can never have too much Tuna... lol, I'm gonna go eat 220g of salmon before I go to bed
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    There is some really good info in another thread somewhere, about the FDA/EPA guidlines, why they are bogus (for most adults) and how much might actually be dangerous.

    Basically the points I remember are:

    1. Keep is sane (like 7-10 cans of light tuna/week or less - include other large fish sources or mercury)
    2. If you are increasing your intake, do it slowly, this gives you body time to adjust to the increased mercury intake and the end result will be that you're body will become a bit more efficient in removing mercury (of course there is a limit - see point #1).

    Basically there is concern, but there are also ways that your body can adapt and handle a certain amount of mercury.

    The potential problem with the albacore and other large fish, especially with pregnancy, is the chance of getting a single high dose - hence the advice not to eat it at all while pregnant.
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    The FDA guideline is 12oz of light tuna a week, or 6 oz of albacore tuna, due to mercury content. Adult males have the least to worry about excessive tuna consumption, as we're the least affected by mercury poisoning, but it seems to me like 2 cans a day would be a bit dangerous. It's hard to say how reliable this fish-aversion is, anyhow... the Japanese eats TONS of fish every day and they're the longest-lived people on the earth.

    Still, do one can of tuna and one can of salmon, just to be safe--salmon's much lower than albacore.
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    Currently eating 3 cans of solid white albacore a day and have been for the past month, will report any future health problems...
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    I have been eating tuna fish cans since 2003, almost every day ( 4-5 a week) and I hope I won´t have any future problem..actually my last cholesterol exam shows a very low LDL value (< 100)...
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    that's not good to have low LDL. Its the HDL you want to be low.

    Eating canned tuna is fine. Canned tuna is made from baby tuna fishes. There bodies did not have much time to be contaminated with the mercury poisoning just yet.

    Chunk light has a MUCH lower amount of mercury in it also.

    I eat roughly 2-4 cans of chunk light tuna a day. Have been for about a year or so. I have no problems that I know of. Then again I haven't gone to the Dr. about it either. Though I should probably consider doing that..
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    Originally Posted by ReSpAwN DeMoN
    that's not good to have low LDL. Its the HDL you want to be low.

    Eating canned tuna is fine. Canned tuna is made from baby tuna fishes. There bodies did not have much time to be contaminated with the mercury poisoning just yet.

    Chunk light has a MUCH lower amount of mercury in it also.

    I eat roughly 2-4 cans of chunk light tuna a day. Have been for about a year or so. I have no problems that I know of. Then again I haven't gone to the Dr. about it either. Though I should probably consider doing that..
    Sorry, but I think it is quite the opposite about LDL..anyway I have lower Bad cholesterol and higher good one...

    Good to know about baby tuna fishes (poor babies) ..I usually prefer the light ones..but I don´t find them always...
    txs for the advices
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    Mercury poisoning doesn't affect the body in the ways you are thinking. It is a neurotoxin, so you wouldn't feel any effects suddenly unless you had a very large spike--probably if you actually came in contact with exposed mercury. Acute effects include severe kidney damage, chest pains, trouble breathing, vomiting, etc--basically, how your body reacts whenever it ingests poison.

    What most people would be concerned about in this thread would be chronic symptoms--i.e. the result of long-term exposure to mercury. These are generally all classified under problems with the nervous system--they include trouble sleeping, frequent headaches, sudden and inexplicable mood swings, trembling, deterioration of motor functions, etc. In severe cases (limited to the 19th century, before mercury was discovered to be a poison) it could lead to paralysis and heart failure.

    So, without trying to be an alarmist, no one who took in, for example, 40 oz of tuna a day for three or four years, would have any idea they were suffering from mercury poisoning until a good amount of time had passed. As I understand it, it's processed EXTREMELY quickly in the body, but extended exposure gradually compromises the body's ability to deal with it effectively.

    Again, I would not panic, as there are a lot of island cultures that subsist almost entirely on fish and do not have a documented history of mercury poisoning. The most prevalent risks are to children and pregnant women, as unborn and developing humans have the hardest time processing mercury.
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