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Is canned salmon every day healthy?

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Created October 06, 2012 at 5:04 PM

The lunch that I usually make for school most days (not all) is half a can of bumblebee's wild alaskan salmon, plus chopped pickles, celery, onions, and homemade mayo if I have any on hand. Otherwise I use pickle juice. I mostly make this because it's one of the easiest paleo lunches I can make that isn't weird, like cold chicken thighs, bunless cheeseburgers, ect. ect. It's more or less a normal-ish lunch. Also because of the decent amount of calcium in salmon, my dad's worried I'm not getting enough because I don't eat dairy, besides occasional organic butter. Are there any consequences to eating salmon almost every day? Too much omega-3? Is there BPA in bumblebee cans? If there are consequences and I should start packing other stuff more often, suggestions on easy to make, normal looking paleo lunches would be very much appreciated ^_^ For the first week I made coconut flour wraps, but meh.

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on May 08, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Damm my costco doesn't carry this anymore.

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on October 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Didn't see these comments until now. You're right Luckie, I buy it if it's just something I want.

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on October 08, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Great video. Thank you Dr. K.

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on October 08, 2012
at 08:47 PM

It's basically tuna salad only with salmon instead of tuna, healthier in my opinion. Less heavy metals :P Coho meat?

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on October 08, 2012
at 07:09 PM

To clarify, I actually buy both the Pink and Red Sockeye for variety (and I've bought the Wild Planet and Crown Prince Red Salmon in the past)... I think the Sockeye use to be less expensive (not $80!), looking at it now, I'd lean even more towards the Rubinstein Pink Salmon: http://www.portchatham.com/prodinfo.asp?number=20227100

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on October 08, 2012
at 06:56 PM

It's actually not (correct me if I'm wrong): Rubinstein Pink Salmon - $46/(7.5oz*24) = $0.26/oz Crown Prince Pink Salmon - $34.80/(7.5oz*12) = $0.39/oz The Red Sockeye Salmon is a little more expensive (higher fat content I believe), so you might stay with the Pink, but I personally prefer the taste of the sockeye the best.

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on October 08, 2012
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Found a better value, site says bpa free. http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Prince-Natural-Alaskan-7-5-Ounce/dp/B000EEWZG4/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1349721961&sr=1-1&keywords=crown+prince+salmon

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Oh really? Didn't know that, but it says wild alaskan salmon on the can.

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on October 08, 2012
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BPA may be an issue, but canned salmon is a pretty good bet because only wild-caught salmon can be canned. The farmed stuff can't hold up to the process.

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on October 08, 2012
at 08:13 AM

Pillar rock is the cheapest brand I can find here in Israel for 30 shekels a can, yes it's very costly, but I did find them on sale for 14 shekels once. I bought all I could.

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on October 08, 2012
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on October 07, 2012
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Yep, fish is excellent for you. I think I'll start just cooking salmon fillets and using those instead. Not as much calcium, but no bpa either :-)

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on October 07, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Hi Melmac. It is a pleasure to upvote your question because it a really good question. My partner is eating a lot of canned salmon because she is not a fish lover and it is the only way she gets any fish. I suppose it is better than no fish at all.

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on October 07, 2012
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I hope she means that her family expects her to buy her own Paleo food in addition to what they are already providing that may or may not be Paleo.

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on October 07, 2012
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You're only 15?! Why is your family making you pay for your own food?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on October 07, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Sure watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcyhKU4qv2A&feature=player_embedded

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on October 07, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Looked it up on amazon. That stuff's expensive! Keep in mind that I'm fifteen and only get 15 dollars in allowance a week. Can't wait to get a job this summer. I might get crown prince, their prices are a bit more decent.

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on October 07, 2012
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You guys are the best, I got a fancy badge! ^_^

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on October 07, 2012
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Or is it whoever? Whatevs.

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And whomever favorited ^_^

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on October 07, 2012
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it's definitely worth it. i don't find it that expensive either since the quality is so high. amazon has really good prices of it.

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on October 06, 2012
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I honestly don't have time to read that much info :-/ Can you summarize? :)

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on October 06, 2012
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Yay to whomever upvoted ^_^

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Closest Kroger store is more than 30 miles away :/ Not sure if my mom would be willing to drive me that far. I can't wait until this summer when I can get my learner's permit ^_^

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I'll see if any stores around here carry it, if not I can probably order it on amazon if it's not too expensive.

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Btw it'd be cool if some of you guys upvoted my question so that I can upvote your answers. Only 11 reputation so far... I just joined yesterday :P

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:21 PM

Hopefully it is :-)

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Maybe I'll just use home-cooked salmon fillets instead, much tastier, but less calcium and not as easy, unless there's a brand of canned salmon that doesn't have any of that nasty stuff in it. And I love native forest's coconut milk :)

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on October 06, 2012
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I go to Kroger. I agree with the salad recommendations, too.

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on October 06, 2012
at 06:01 PM

That's a good idea too, I need to get out to the store for some ingredients :)

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on October 06, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I like some form of salad with steak or chicken. Steak rare to med-rare is delicious cold. Or a chicken cobb salad minus the cheese is delicious with the chicken, bacon, avocado, and eggs.

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on October 06, 2012
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What store do you find that in? We don't have a lot of natural food stores around here, might have to get it on amazon.

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on October 06, 2012
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Bumblebee does. The only brand I know of that doesn't is Wild Planet. My local regular grocery store has it, and their tuna, in their natural foods section. (They have the bestest sardines in tomato sauce ever).

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on October 06, 2012
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The thing is our school cafeteria doesn't have a microwave. During the summer I almost always just had leftovers for lunch, but it's not as easy with school. It'd be kind of weird to eat cold porkchops and vegetables or something at my lunch table. Do you know if bumblebee cans have BPA?

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 06, 2012
at 06:46 PM

If you're worried about getting enough O-3 fats in your diet, track your food for a week in one of the online tracking tools. I use cron-o-meter because of the real-time graph displays, including O6 and O3 fats (I'm trying to keep the ratio to 4:1 or less). If you're worried about BPA, you have every right to be. While you can find a few vendors* who've cut out BPA from their packaging, it isn't the only hormone-mimicking danger lurking in the manufactured world. There are many estrogenically-active compounds added to plastics:

  • plasticizers
  • antioxidants
  • slip agents
  • antiblocks
  • process lubricants
  • antistats

Additionally, there are low levels of impurities, such as catalyst residues that can have significant biological activity, despite low concentrations. As an example, all the polyethylene bags made to vaccuum pack foods and cook in sous vide machines are loaded with EA chemicals. For another example, silicone is no relief ??? although silicones can be formulated to be free of leachable endocrine disruptors, most aren't, including most medical grades.

Unless a manufacturer has developed the product specifically to be free of EA and can provide valid test data to confirm this (not a generic "this passes FDA standards"- FDA allows the use of BPA!), consumers should assume that the plastic is likely leaching endocrine disrupting chemicals.

There's a sobering paper (Environmental Health Perspectives, July 2011, pp 989-996) authored by Stuart Yaniger, that explains some of this danger. I pulled the information above from a comment he wrote on a Nom-Nom paleo blog post.

*Native Forest makes a BPA-free can for coconut milk, but the quality of their product has been, shall we say, variable in the past year. Eden Foods makes nearly BPA-free canned tomato products. Also, Chris Kresser wrote a blog post with links to resources for BPA-free living.

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Maybe I'll just use home-cooked salmon fillets instead, much tastier, but less calcium and not as easy, unless there's a brand of canned salmon that doesn't have any of that nasty stuff in it. And I love native forest's coconut milk :)

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on October 06, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Most cans contain BPA unfortunately. For variety, sardines are my goto "emergency" lunch when I don't prepare anything else. As far as paleo lunches, my dinner from the night before is always packed for lunch the next day. I typically pack it while I am cleaning up the kitchen and putting food away. This has been a tremendous time saver for us and gives you a pretty substantial lunch.

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on October 06, 2012
at 06:01 PM

That's a good idea too, I need to get out to the store for some ingredients :)

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on October 06, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I like some form of salad with steak or chicken. Steak rare to med-rare is delicious cold. Or a chicken cobb salad minus the cheese is delicious with the chicken, bacon, avocado, and eggs.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on October 06, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Bumblebee does. The only brand I know of that doesn't is Wild Planet. My local regular grocery store has it, and their tuna, in their natural foods section. (They have the bestest sardines in tomato sauce ever).

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on October 06, 2012
at 05:42 PM

What store do you find that in? We don't have a lot of natural food stores around here, might have to get it on amazon.

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on October 06, 2012
at 05:24 PM

The thing is our school cafeteria doesn't have a microwave. During the summer I almost always just had leftovers for lunch, but it's not as easy with school. It'd be kind of weird to eat cold porkchops and vegetables or something at my lunch table. Do you know if bumblebee cans have BPA?

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on October 06, 2012
at 06:12 PM

I go to Kroger. I agree with the salad recommendations, too.

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Closest Kroger store is more than 30 miles away :/ Not sure if my mom would be willing to drive me that far. I can't wait until this summer when I can get my learner's permit ^_^

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on October 07, 2012
at 11:38 AM

There are old people that I have heard of, even my grandfather that passed away several years ago, that ate canned sardines almost every day. They grew up in a time when canned fish was a very cheap and inexpensive form of protein, and still is today. I would definitely avoid any cans containing BPA, but other than that, I don't see what the problem would be to eat any canned fish. I am sure the same applies to salmon and tuna.

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on October 07, 2012
at 02:41 AM

I might be wrong, but I think that the Trader Joe's canned wild salmon is in a bpa free can. I eat this all the time, it is quick and easy, and at 2.99 a can pretty cheap! I don't think it is anything to worry about, though there are toxins in any seafood nowadays. If you are eating enough antioxidants, and detoxifying foods- you should be okay. I suggest adding in some cilantro which helps detox any heavy metals.

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on October 07, 2012
at 03:54 AM

What about pillar rock salmon bpa free?

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on October 08, 2012
at 08:13 AM

Pillar rock is the cheapest brand I can find here in Israel for 30 shekels a can, yes it's very costly, but I did find them on sale for 14 shekels once. I bought all I could.

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on October 07, 2012
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I hope she means that her family expects her to buy her own Paleo food in addition to what they are already providing that may or may not be Paleo.

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on October 07, 2012
at 09:21 PM

You're only 15?! Why is your family making you pay for your own food?

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on October 07, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Looked it up on amazon. That stuff's expensive! Keep in mind that I'm fifteen and only get 15 dollars in allowance a week. Can't wait to get a job this summer. I might get crown prince, their prices are a bit more decent.

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on October 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Didn't see these comments until now. You're right Luckie, I buy it if it's just something I want.

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:21 PM

i usually stick with the brand Wild Planet. they have a lot of different options for canned seafood without BPA. i eat it 3x a week usually.

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on October 07, 2012
at 12:44 AM

it's definitely worth it. i don't find it that expensive either since the quality is so high. amazon has really good prices of it.

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I'll see if any stores around here carry it, if not I can probably order it on amazon if it's not too expensive.

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on October 06, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Canned salmon everyday probably has only one serious drawback. At some point, you're likely to tire of it and be stuck trying to find a new lunch. Hopefully, that day is far in the future.

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on October 06, 2012
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Hopefully it is :-)

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on October 08, 2012
at 06:33 PM

I love Wild Planet canned seafood products, and I still buy their sardines on Amazon (cheaper than at the store); but if you're looking for a really good canned salmon in BPA free cans at a reasonable price check out Port Chatham Seafood. You have to buy in bulk, so it's a bit of an investment, but I've yet to find a better $/lb, and the Rubinstein Red Sockeye Salmon tastes amazing!

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on October 08, 2012
at 07:09 PM

To clarify, I actually buy both the Pink and Red Sockeye for variety (and I've bought the Wild Planet and Crown Prince Red Salmon in the past)... I think the Sockeye use to be less expensive (not $80!), looking at it now, I'd lean even more towards the Rubinstein Pink Salmon: http://www.portchatham.com/prodinfo.asp?number=20227100

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on October 08, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Found a better value, site says bpa free. http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Prince-Natural-Alaskan-7-5-Ounce/dp/B000EEWZG4/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1349721961&sr=1-1&keywords=crown+prince+salmon

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

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on October 08, 2012
at 06:56 PM

It's actually not (correct me if I'm wrong): Rubinstein Pink Salmon - $46/(7.5oz*24) = $0.26/oz Crown Prince Pink Salmon - $34.80/(7.5oz*12) = $0.39/oz The Red Sockeye Salmon is a little more expensive (higher fat content I believe), so you might stay with the Pink, but I personally prefer the taste of the sockeye the best.

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on October 06, 2012
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on October 06, 2012
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I honestly don't have time to read that much info :-/ Can you summarize? :)

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on October 08, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Great video. Thank you Dr. K.

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on October 07, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Sure watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcyhKU4qv2A&feature=player_embedded

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on May 08, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Bear & Wolf canned Salmon packaged by Trident Seafoods does not contain BPA and it is sold at Costco at a very reasonable price. Here's the link to Trident Seafoods website.

http://www.tridentseafoods.com/retail/canned_products.php#4

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on May 08, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Damm my costco doesn't carry this anymore.

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on October 08, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Gad that sounds good. I just finished off a similar concoction ( try adding some artichoke hearts and capers) made from coho meat cooked off the bones left from filleting. I ate it on cabbage, sometimes topped with sharp cheddar and broiled.

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on October 08, 2012
at 08:47 PM

It's basically tuna salad only with salmon instead of tuna, healthier in my opinion. Less heavy metals :P Coho meat?

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on October 07, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Nothing everyday is healthy. That being said, one could do worse with canned salmon. If I had to do salmon everyday, I'd prefer it fresh, as there may be BPA and potential toxin buildup from always eating from a can.

Mix it up? In a pinch, canned salmon is an excellent choice.

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