Sunday, December 10, 2017

What is White Canned Tuna?

Canned Albacore Tuna
Canned Albacore Tuna

Do You Buy Canned White Albacore Tuna?

When you buy canned tuna fish at the grocery store do you buy white or light?  I recommend white tuna, also called Albacore tuna.  
This albacore tuna is whitish in colour, has a meaty texture and a smooth fresh flavour.  Light canned tuna can be either yellowfin, skipjack or tango. Skipjack is slightly darker and more tender with a fishier test.  Yellow fin is firmer with a light yellow colour and a milder states. 
If you buy Albacore tuna directly from a locally based fishing business, or from the farmers market or a specialty store then you’re in for a big treat. The flavour is far superior than that from the commercial canneries.  
I’d also highly recommend you look for Albacore tuna that has been caught in the Canadian North Pacific because, not only it is “Product From  Canada”, but it contain less mercury.  Yep, unfortunately, fish can accumulate mercury in their muscles through absorption from the surrounding water and from ingesting prey and their prey’s prey.  So the larger and older the fish, the more mercury it’ll have.  Tunas can grow up to well over 400 pounds and can live up to 10-12 years, hence they have the highest mercury count. 
However, albacore tuna caught in the Canadian North Pacific are smaller, 20-40 pounds and are only 3-4 years old, resulting in less absorbed mercury.  In fact, Canadian North Pacific Albacore tuna (fresh, frozen or canned) has been well tested by Canadian Food Inspection Agency and is considered safe to eat with lower mercury levels than other Albacore tuna caught in other parts of the world.   If it’s not Canadian tuna then it’s recommended that children under the age of 12 and women considering becoming pregnant, are pregnant or are breast feeding, limit how much they consume each week. Mercury can affect developing brains. For safe levels refer to this chart at Healthlink BC  

So Remember...

So, remember when buying canned white tuna to look for Albacore (white) tuna that’s a “Product of Canada,” and preferably from a locally based fishing business. Lastly, limit the amount consumed if you’re feeding it to someone under 12 or you are an expected or breastfeeding mother. 

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