Monday, January 29, 2007


Canned tuna has long been a staple of the U.S. table, even as health experts have grown increasingly concerned about the dangers posed by high mercury levels in such fish. New guidelines recommending that women of childbearing age and children consume no more than 12 ounces a week of canned light tuna and only 6 ounces per week of canned albacore tuna, which is higher in mercury. The average can of tuna holds 6 ounces of fish.

Mercury is a toxin that is particularly dangerous to children and fetuses because it can cause long-term neurological and developmental problems.

The question is an important one because tuna is big business — it's one of the most popular forms of seafood in the American diet — and because it's a cheap and healthy source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to play a role in preventing heart disease.

Fish become contaminated when mercury in industrial pollution enters waterways. Bacteria take the mercury and transform it into methyl mercury, a more biologically active and dangerous form of the element.

Fish eat the bacteria, and then bigger fish eat the smaller fish. The mercury accumulates in the largest and oldest fish, which is why such long-lived and large species such as shark, tilefish and king mackerel have such high levels.

New guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration on fish consumption by children and women of childbearing age:

• Do not eat fish with high levels of mercury: shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish.

• Eat up to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury, such as shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish.

• When choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces a week of canned albacore tuna.

• Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in local waters. If no such advice is available, limit such fish to one 6-ounce portion a week and don't consume any other fish that week.

• Children should be served smaller portions, but there were no age-specific guidelines.


If you didn't shouldnt eat more than 3 cans a week if you're a kid or a pregnant woman, because that's the majority that reads this creep street shit anyway.

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