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How much canned tuna can you safely eat each week?

I really like canned tuna. It's cheap and makes a quick, easy, healthy meal. I get the canned Albacore from Costco, but I try to limit myself to 1-2 cans a week because of the mercury. However, I know a guy that has been strength training for months now, and eats way more than I do, and doesn't seem to have any problems. Am I being paranoid?
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It's my understanding that you can work your way up to eating greater amounts of tuna without causing harm to yourself but that it must be done methodically by eating more and more slowly?
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You'll find tons of people terrified about the mercury all over the place.

I used to eat a TON of tuna for many months at a time, i'm talking 4 cans a day for extended months with no ill causes.

There are a few studies you can find done by real doctors that generally show that the human body is pretty good at filtering the mercury out when it gets close to being an issue. I would find any and all of those REAL STUDIES you can find rather then just going on anecdotal evidance that you'll find in great opposition to tuna all over the internet.

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Mercury is an interesting thing. It's bioaccumulative, but the body gets rid of it rather effectively. You can eat a lot of mercury containing products for a time, and as long as you give your body a rest, you'll be fine long-term.

I'd feel ok eating 4-5 cans of albacore a week, but not year round. You could probably eat two cans a day of the chunk light stuff and never have problems. If you start pushing the limits, make sure that you pay attention and if you start having odd symptoms, cut back on the fishes.

I'm not a medical doctor, this is just my personal opinion.


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It's my understanding that you can work your way up to eating greater amounts of tuna without causing harm to yourself but that it must be done methodically by eating more and more slowly?

Your body doesn't develop a tolerance to mercury, so no, this won't work.

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You'll find tons of people terrified about the mercury all over the place.

I used to eat a TON of tuna for many months at a time, i'm talking 4 cans a day for extended months with no ill causes.

There are a few studies you can find done by real doctors that generally show that the human body is pretty good at filtering the mercury out when it gets close to being an issue. I would find any and all of those REAL STUDIES you can find rather then just going on anecdotal evidance that you'll find in great opposition to tuna all over the internet.
There's a big distinction between acute mercury poisoning and developing negative effects from mercury. I've heard a number of bodybuilders reporting physical and mental side effects from overeating tuna, which went away once they laid off the stuff. It's something to pay attention to, at least.
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Alternate daily between canned chicken and canned tuna, that way you're only eating it 3-4 times a week.
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Alternate daily between canned chicken and canned tuna, that way you're only eating it 3-4 times a week.

I actually want to try canned chicken, a girl I used to date loved it, but I never tried it. I hear it's pretty good though.
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A friend of mine told me to use this calculator to figure it out. Supposedly it uses the FDA's calculation based on weight. According to that, I can have one can of albacore a week, or 3.5 cans of light tuna.
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a guy who ate 10 cans a week for two years straight got mercury poisoning it seems

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...y7XP7gxIxqul2J
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a guy who ate 10 cans a week for two years straight got mercury poisoning it seems

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...y7XP7gxIxqul2J


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I eat 3 cans a week on average and I'm still fine. Albacore is supposedly higher in mercury levels than chunk light since they are larger fish.
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I actually want to try canned chicken, a girl I used to date loved it, but I never tried it. I hear it's pretty good though.

Excellent stuff, prepare it exactly as you would tuna. You'll love it.
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Excellent stuff, prepare it exactly as you would tuna. You'll love it.

I actually don't even prepare my tuna, I just drain it and eat it as is
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A can of chunk lite tuna a day apparently
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A can of chunk lite tuna a day apparently

I've been eating four to six times that amount of chunk tuna since August. Yikes!
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I've been eating four to six times that amount of chunk tuna since August. Yikes!

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