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Something Fishy Must Be Endured


This is not my first post about tuna. It probably won't be the last. I love tuna. I love tuna steaks. I love canned tuna. I've even enjoyed the occasional pouch. What prompts this post is Wild Planet.

All Wild Planet tuna is 100% sustainably pole & line, troll, or handline caught - nets are never used. Our methods catch only smaller migratory fish, that are naturally lower in mercury. Each fish is carefully hand-cut then hand-packed and cooked just once in the can ensuring a firm texture, clean taste, and high nutrient content.

Pole and line or net caught, I'm going to eat the tuna. Make it easy for me to befriend the environment and I'll go that way. They do, and I do. But wait! There's more.

How many times have I said that due to congestive heart failure, I have a 1,500 milligram sodium limit? A limit I freely admit to exceeding all too often. Where does tuna fit into this?

167 calories and 142 mg sodium per 3 oz serving

150 calories and 50 mg sodium per can

Albacore is "white" tuna and Skipjack is "light" tuna. The third type is yellowfin, and I do not remember any designator other than its own name. There are others. For comparison, the chunk light (Skipjack) Starkist with 25% less sodium still packs 270 mg per can (though only 90 calories.) Their albacore - in water - yields 4 ounces, drained, at 100 calories and 360 mg of sodium.

I'm typing this while a can of the Skipjack waits on my desk to be opened. Just a healthy snack. There are more than 30 cans in the pantry, some of which are albacore.

I love tuna.

These links might help you - I'm already convinced.

The Best Canned Tuna for Sandwiches and Salads

Our Ultimate Guide to Canned Tuna, a Pantry Essential You Shouldn't Overlook

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