View Full Version : Albacore vs. Light Tuna?

11-20-2005, 09:43 PM

Why should someone with Lupus eat light tuna instead of albacore? i have always eaten albacore and prefer the flavor over the light variety.

thanks for any feedback!

11-22-2005, 10:00 AM
If it is any consolation, I understand that not just "us loopies" should be eating light rather than albacore....

The mercury content in albocore is higher as the fish is larger and older when harvested. And mercury = bad stuff.

11-23-2005, 08:39 PM
shoot! Thanks for the info :(

12-22-2005, 08:34 PM
Where is the mercury content? Isn't it mostly in the scales? I've read of a 20 maybe 40 (can't remember) year old fish found in ice that had the same mercury content as those found today. I've read of mercury being bonded with something in fish so it would pass through your system. I can't quote, and it would probably be hard to find, so if you're concerned and too lazy to research disregard that info. I'm personally ignoring the mercury scaremongering aside from avoiding shell fish and fish without fins and scales.

Furthermore, I'm more concerned about the mercury in innoculations causing autism in children. Autism isn't "rare" anymore either.

12-29-2005, 07:18 PM
Here is an article I found about mercury in fish:
"Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and can also be released into the air through industrial pollution. Mercury falls from the air and can accumulate in streams and oceans and is turned into methylmercury in the water. Fish absorb the methylmercury as they feed in these waters and so it builds up in them. It builds up more in some types of fish and shellfish than others, depending on what the fish eat, which is why the levels vary. Nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child's developing nervous system. The risks from mercury in fish and shellfish depend on the amount of fish and shellfish eaten and the levels of mercury in the fish and shellfish. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
By following these 3 recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.
Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.

Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.

Another commonly eaten fish, albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don't consume any other fish during that week. Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish and shellfish to your young child, but serve smaller portions."

I hope that this has been helpful