Canned Tuna Discussion

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Hi Guys,

Just wondering what you prefer with regards to canned tuna? Albacore, Yellowfin, or Skipjack (last 2 are known as light tuna i believe).

I know that albacore has more omega 3s, but is higher in mercury generally. However some chunk light samples have shown to be sligtly higher in protein and "Chunk light tuna is also higher in selenium, vitamin B-12, niacin and iron" (again the depends on the species im assuming).

So yea just trying to get a feel for the decision people have with regards to the above fish choices and whether it was made due to mercury, nutrition, taste , or even cost?

Also does anyone buy/prefer tuna canned in oil still anymore? water packed appears to be the choice of the day.

Thank you for your time and the discussion



on December 30, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Tongol is light chunk! :) , thank you for posting

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on December 31, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I'm not too worried about mercury in tuna (or fish in general), see below, but I am worried about BPA in cans. I haven't been able to find BPA free cans in Europe, but I've heard there are some in the US.




on December 30, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I occasionally eat canned tuna, and I buy tongol tuna for the lower mercury content.



on December 30, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Tongol is light chunk! :) , thank you for posting


on October 28, 2013
at 02:29 AM

BUT most canned tuna contains soy. The only one I've found that didn't have soy listed was StarKist low sodium.

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on October 23, 2013
at 05:29 PM

I love canned chunk light tuna! I could (and sometimes do) eat it daily. It fills me up and keeps me feeling full, which is usually an issue with me.


on July 23, 2013
at 06:05 PM

StarKist reports that only their large cans of tuna contain plastic linings that use BPA. They also confirm what Mike T. said about the pouches:

"None of our StarKist pouch products contain Bisphenaol-A. Also, the vast majority of our can products do not use coatings containing BPA... Only the StarKist 66 oz cans use a protective coating on its seam that contain extremely low levels of residual BPA, which is designed to maintain quality and protect the food from corrosion and spoilage."




on December 31, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Go with low sodium to avoid the soy broth (at least for starkist).

To the BPA point, my wife buys the tuna in a bag instead of a can. She says the bag doesn't contain BPA. I'm not sure if it's true. I also haven't been able to find low sodium in a bag, so for me the point is moot.



on December 30, 2012
at 05:17 PM

i eat a crap ton of canned tuna. i prefer yellowfin and albacore. i'm not convinced that there's much omega3 fat, or any fat for that matter, in the portions that are canned. trace at best.



on December 30, 2012
at 05:11 PM

I eat canned tuna about 3 times a week. It's best to mix it up with other fish for variety and nutrition: canned salmon, sardines, oysters, kippers, etc. provide lots of omega 3s and other valuable nutrients.

Though I don't personally buy into the whole mercury toxicity thing, I don't have to worry about it at all because I mix it up with other fish.


on December 30, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Don't eat canned tuna, and haven't done for a decade or more. When canned tuna was on my menu I did prefer the ones with whole pieces as opposed to small flakes. Didn't care about race of fish, let taste and texture guide me.

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