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Toxic levels of mercury found in canned tuna

Canned tuna was a lunchtime staple when I was growing up. As a young adult I ate it several times a week--how can you argue with a relatively inexpensive form of high-quality protein, right?

We've known for many years that there's a lot of mercury in canned tuna. Recent studies have shown that mercury levels in fish, and albacore tuna in particular, have risen in recent years. Anecdotal evidence from doctors shows more women coming in with symptoms of mercury poisoning.

Even the US FDA recommends that children and women of childbearing age limit the amount of albacore to no more than 6 ounces per week. Consumer Reports says that a woman eating even 1/2 can of albacore would ingest more mercury than is safe.

Sushi eaters beware: tests on tuna used in sushi show just as much mercury as is found in the canned version.

Source: WebMD