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Omega-3s get the standing ovation for the nutrient with the most anti-inflammatory health benefits, and tuna is equally well-established as an important food source of omega-3s.
In general terms and according to the Seafood Watch, Albacore Tuna fished in the Pacific Ocean is one of the best choices we have in the market. Their recommendations help you choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that have less impact on the environment, not necessarily to your health.
Canned tuna is available packaged in oil, broth or water. And although tuna packed in oil may be the moistest, the oils in which it is packed are high in the pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats.
Tuna, like other large fish of the sea, is known to contain higher-than-average amounts of mercury, a toxic metal that can cause severe health effects and may accumulate in your body if your liver cannot efficiently remove it.
However, I think that the health benefits of eating fish (all its beneficial nutrients like the omega-3 fats, protein, selenium and other nutrients), far outweigh any potential risks.