I'm all about meeting my protein goals, and tuna can be an excellent source, but here are a few things you want to watch out for!
Canned tuna can be a convenient source of lean protein but there are a few things you want to watch out for when buying it. Here are the two main things I look for.
Remember the smaller the fish the less mercury it will have so I recommend:
❌ Staying away from albacore and yellowfin variations.
✅ Go for skipjack, tongol or light tuna instead.
✅ Or it should say tested for mercury if is another variation of tuna.
If you aren’t stuck to tuna, sardines, anchovies, and mackerel are SUPER nutritious and packed with omega-3, calcium, zinc, and iron.
✅ Look for words like sustainably caught, sustainably sourced, or have the MSC stamp on it. Ideally, you want your tuna to be pole-caught or line-caught, which we definitely prefer over net fishing.
❌ Don’t be fooled by the words “Wild caught”. This does not mean it is sustainably caught… These are big brands trying to confuse you!