Is Tuna Good For You?

by Kilo on December 12, 2010

can of tunaI have read a lot of bodybuilding magazines and books in my life. I can’t think of one that doesn’t mention tuna fish in some capacity, with the exception of The Complete Keys to Progress by John McCallum. I’m pretty sure there’s no tuna in it. The reason this is on my mind is because I was asked again at the gym recently: Is tuna good for you?

And my answer(s):

1. I think it’s illegal for me to give nutrition advice. I have no credentials and I love candy.

2. I think it’s good for me. I used to eat a ton of it.

I say “used” to because I was following some stupid muscle building magazine’s advice and was absolutely gorging on tuna every chance I got. I was eating two cans every day. Sometimes I would mix it in cottage cheese and salsa. I would choke it down and smile about how hardcore I was with tears welling up in my eyes as my gag reflex said, “Seriously? Again?”

Most of the cans I have had have between 26 and 32 grams of protein in them. How much protein do we really need? is another question that comes up a lot at the gym where I train. I’m the wrong guy to ask. Now that I’m out of the phase where all I think about is how to build muscle, I pretty much just eat so I don’t die. I like the convenience of eating only when I’m hungry, and stopping as soon as I’m not hungry anymore.

But to date, I don’t think I’ve ever felt like tuna was bad for me, except for the fact that I overdid it and can’t stand to look at it anymore. It made me feel strong, it made my skin glow, and yes, it made my breath reek. But I always felt good when I was eating it before the days when I just associated it with nausea and effort.

Anyone here know of any negative effects of tuna, assuming that it hasn’t been marinated in mercury? Or on the positive side, why is tuna good for you?


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Amy December 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I love your answers to the question! Other than the whole mercury thing I think it’s good for you. I personally love Tuna and even with the mercury concerns used to eat it several times a week.

I stopped eating it much a few years ago when I noticed that I would get a rash on my hands and wrists shortly after having eaten food that was canned. I basically stopped eating all canned food unless I could find ones that are BPA free, which was hard to do where I live. I haven’t found Tuna in a BPA free can locally, so I rarely eat it. I think in the past 4 years I’ve had Tuna maybe 6 times, and each and every time it was worth the rash to me.


Kilo December 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

Do you know what it was about the canning that you associate with the rash? Weird.


Amy December 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

The BPA in the liner. When ever I touch anything plastic anymore that has BPA in it I get a rash in the spot where I touched it.


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