mercury in tuna

Deeko

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My friend keeps insisting that I am going to die from mercury poisoning, because I eat alot of tuna, for protein. I think he's insane.
 

ElFenix

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eat chicken instead. FDA max on tuna is like two cans a week.
 

Fausto

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Originally posted by: Deeko
My friend keeps insisting that I am going to die from mercury poisoning, because I eat alot of tuna, for protein. I think he's insane.
FWIW- there's enough in it that they discourage pregnant or breast-feeding moms from eating it. That's good enough for me.

 

Gyrene

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Well, tuna isn't good for you in huge quantities, but I doubt it's going to kill you. Try to vary that with other types of fish and meat. Alot of anything isn't good for you.
 

Codewiz

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Yes plenty of mercury in tuna but canned tuna is usually young tuna so it isn't as much. A lot better than if you bought tuna steaks or something.
 

crt1530

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I eat two cans per day most of the time. I have read about mercury in tuna, but there doesn't seem to be any consensus on the matter. I'll keep eating my tuna on whole wheat sandwiches until I find a good reason not to. Remember, though, not everyone appreciates the sweet smell of tuna on your breath (particularly females). Brushing or mouth-washing is advised.
 

Rudee

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You have a greater chance of getting mercury poisoning from a single tooth filling then you have getting it from a can of tuna.
 

ThisIsMatt

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Originally posted by: Rudee
You have a greater chance of getting mercury poisoning from a single tooth filling then you have getting it from a can of tuna.
I've got a ton of fillings plus I eat a lot of tuna....woooooooooooo, bring it on death!
 

StageLeft

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There is no consensus on this. I personally am eating 4ish cans/weak. I know that fish like shark are way worse for mercury than tuna. Hell, you have to eat something. If I don't eat tuna what woyuld it be protein powder? Artificial chemicals and sweeteners. Chicken? Steroids, etc. I mean damn.
 

DrPizza

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So, Tuna cans contain between .15 and .75 parts per million of mercury..... If I had a million cans of tuna, could I extract 3/4 of a can of mercury from them?
 

WinkOsmosis

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Originally posted by: DrPizza
So, Tuna cans contain between .15 and .75 parts per million of mercury..... If I had a million cans of tuna, could I extract 3/4 of a can of mercury from them?

Well it's mass, not volume, so you would get less than 3/4 can.
 

kranky

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I read an article last month about a couple women who had mercury poisoning from eating too much fish. It recommended not eating the fish that tend to accumulate mercury (tuna, swordfish, some others) more than twice a week. It doesn't affect you instantly, it builds up over time, and it took their doctors months to finally figure out what the problem was.

I am 100% dead serious in saying that you ought to stop eating that much tuna, because you are headed for nerve problems. And by the time you realize it's causing problems, the damage is done.

Don't take my word for it, do some serious research.
 

wake

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Tuna has an insignificant amout of mercury compared to fillings. Fillings are made of 50% mercury, people everywhere have several of these permanently affixed into their teeth, and they aren't dying from it. But many of them are suffering of mercury poisoning... Tuna has no where near the same amount.