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I hate fish - is tuna enough?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 25, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I seriously hate eating fish and in most cases I cannot stomach it and will vomit. It's a combination of the smell, taste, and texture all combining to make it utterly unappetizing to me. (This probably stems from some childhood meal trauma)

I can stand to eat tilapia because it has no flavor, and I like tuna because it doesn't taste or look like any other kind of fish.

Is tuna going to be enough to satisfy my omega-3 needs?

Update

When I said I only eat tilapia or tuna, I wasn't joking. All other kinds of fish will induce my gag reflex. I'm sorry, but I find seafood in general to be gross.

Besides suggestions of other fish to eat or the freshness, I'm hoping for some info on the capability of meeting my omega-3 needs without supplementing with fish oil. I also recall reading that despite grass-fed beef having favorable ratios of omega fatty acids, the total quantity present is quite insubstantial.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 27, 2010
at 08:53 PM

My dad use to eat them. I thought they smelled terrible, personally.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on October 27, 2010
at 06:22 AM

Hater. It's funny since I was eating salmon yesterday and my father commented with "How can you eat that ?". He hates it too. A hater too.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 26, 2010
at 07:15 PM

Fish oil has been getting a bad rap recently, just trying to reevaluate my options. I suppose if I could get my hands on seal or walrus meat, I'd be ok.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 26, 2010
at 05:23 PM

Life is too short to eat things you don't like. You are not required to eat fish on a paleo diet. I like fish, but eat it rarely - maybe 2x per month. I do take fish/krill oil and some cod liver oil to balance things out. I like paleo, because there is a lot of food that I like that I can eat - otherwise, forget it.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on October 26, 2010
at 04:42 AM

You're not alone, David. My spouse is the same way. I have to eat all that yummy good, er, *gross slimy* stuff by myself.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 26, 2010
at 01:26 AM

Yeah, shrimp kinda gross me out too. Shellfish in general. Pretty much anything that comes out of the water.

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

(4089)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:59 PM

@David: I'm not surprised, actually. It makes sense that if you dislike the smell and taste of the cooked food, the live critter in hand would be worse.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on October 25, 2010
at 07:43 PM

I see. Honestly, IMO, it's not a super-high quality fish. I would recommend supplementing with fish-oil. Omega Maine makes several different "flavors" of fish oil that really take the taste away.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:15 PM

Fish smells fishy to me regardless of it's freshness. And I grew up in a fishing village. Weep for me.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:14 PM

Any tuna would be fine.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:10 PM

I also hate Mahi.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:10 PM

I've fished quite enough when I was younger, the smell made me nauseous.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:09 PM

I hate salmon too.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 25, 2010
at 05:41 PM

What what what? By that, I mean this answer is wrong. None of the most widely eaten fish has the same ratio as grass-fed beef.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on October 25, 2010
at 04:21 PM

Fresh fish tastes 10 times better than store fish. And ironically, fresh fish does not taste or smell 'fishy.' You might want to try having someone fillet and give you a separate portion of fresh fish flakes. Have them put it on a plate away from all bones, scales, heads, fins, and bodies so that conditioned response to fish is minimized. I'd give that a shot before giving up on fish. Otherwise, tuna will have to do. Tilapia is not an ocean fish and has only a little bit of omega 3 compared to omega 6, and it's worse if the fish was farm raised. So tilapia may not be worth the suffering if the goal is to balance your omega profile.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:15 PM

Fish smells fishy to me regardless of it's freshness. And I grew up in a fishing village. Weep for me.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on October 25, 2010
at 03:51 PM

I'm not sure about the O3 content of tuna, especially compared to your specific O6 intake. Are you talking tuna steaks? Or canned? Are you eating it every day (watch that mercury!!)? Without specifics of your diet, there isn't much anyone can tell you.

Either way, you might supplement with a good,clean fish oil (Carlson's, or Omega Maine- IMO).

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:14 PM

Any tuna would be fine.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:43 PM

I see. Honestly, IMO, it's not a super-high quality fish. I would recommend supplementing with fish-oil. Omega Maine makes several different "flavors" of fish oil that really take the taste away.

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2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

on October 26, 2010
at 10:36 PM

I bet sardines are out of the question??!! I love them as a snack. What about a super mild fish like Dover Sole? Halibut is tasty too.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 27, 2010
at 08:53 PM

My dad use to eat them. I thought they smelled terrible, personally.

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3f61ba25dff05b513c7769a22408169a

on October 25, 2010
at 09:52 PM

What are your feelings about shrimp? Shrimp has a nice level of omega-3 from what I read and it is very different from fish.

Personally, I can eat mahi, flounder, and cod but I gag at the smell of tuna. Of course, I can't even touch a container of mustard without gagging so I know that those two are somehow related to some repressed memory that can just stay repressed. I so feel for you and do fully understand your aversion.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 26, 2010
at 01:26 AM

Yeah, shrimp kinda gross me out too. Shellfish in general. Pretty much anything that comes out of the water.

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on October 25, 2010
at 05:07 PM

Mahi. It is delicious.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:10 PM

I also hate Mahi.

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03b67d2b8e9e878147cb3f225c864207

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on October 25, 2010
at 04:43 PM

Grass-fed beef has the same omega 3:6 ratio as wild fish. Eat more of that. You should also be able to "stomach" fish oil capsules as they have no taste.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 25, 2010
at 05:41 PM

What what what? By that, I mean this answer is wrong. None of the most widely eaten fish has the same ratio as grass-fed beef.

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Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on October 25, 2010
at 04:18 PM

I've always found that they taste better if you catch them yourself. OTOH, if you really don't like fish, gutting and filleting them is probably not going to help much, regardless of how close it'd bring you to your paleolithic ancestors.

Perhaps cooking it in such a way that the fish taste is masked or overpowered?

Also, getting back to the Paleo logic level, while it's undeniable that HG groups that have access to fish will eat them in large numbers, odds are there were plenty of groups who didn't eat all that much or any fish.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:10 PM

I've fished quite enough when I was younger, the smell made me nauseous.

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

(4089)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:59 PM

@David: I'm not surprised, actually. It makes sense that if you dislike the smell and taste of the cooked food, the live critter in hand would be worse.

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E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

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on October 25, 2010
at 04:07 PM

What about canned wild-caught salmon? Really similar to canned tuna in texture, smell, and taste, but with better omega-3s and less mercury.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on October 25, 2010
at 07:09 PM

I hate salmon too.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on October 27, 2010
at 06:22 AM

Hater. It's funny since I was eating salmon yesterday and my father commented with "How can you eat that ?". He hates it too. A hater too.

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