Why are tuna diets popular?

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Fish, a Healthy Food Source

Tuna packed in water or spring water tends to be ultra low in calories, therefore it's a favorite among dieters.

Also a protein, it tends to stimulate the release of water from the body, thus creating quick weight loss. And the protein in the fish also assists in quelling hunger, offering impressive satiety power.


The downside of one-food diets is that most fail to meet the minimum nutritional requirements for the body.

The downside with tuna diets is the unhealthy levels of mercury that can accumulate within the body over the course of the diet. This is the same thing that happens to the fish while it lives within the salty waters of the ocean.

Because it is a fairly large fish, it has the ability to collect substantial levels of mercury throughout its life - which in turn is passed on to consumers after The Big Tuna has passed on to higher ground.

Scombroid Poisoning

Seafood spoils very easily; when tuna reaches this initial state it can cause an illness called scombroid poisoning. This is due to a toxin within the decomposing fish that even cooking cannot destroy. Symptoms and side effects include: headache, flushing and itching. There may also be nausea, stomach upset and discomfort, bloating and vomiting due to other bacteria in the rotting fish.

Low Calorie Recipe Suggestions Using Tuna

1. For a quick treat, mix 1 can of drained albacore with a Tablespoon or two of LIGHT Miracle Whip, a dash of celery seed, a dash of cracked pepper and baby spinach. Spoon into a kangaroo pocket bread to enjoy or eat with a side of whole grain saltine crackers.

2. Mix an undrained small can with 1/2 cup of all-purpose self rising flour, a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of cracked pepper, 1/4 cup of chopped parsley and 1 egg. Cook using cooking spray in a non-stick skillet. Add a tiny bit of oil is necessary such as peanut oil. It's great because it is one of the healthier oils and doesn't smoke amid the cooking process. Place the fish mixture into the skillet by the spoon, creating small patties.

3. Mix one small can of drained albacore with three cups of cooked whole grain pasta. Add thin strips of various colors of bell pepper, a heaping teaspoon of sweet relish and two Tablespoons of light, reduced fat Mayo. Add 1/4 cup of chopped black olives and salt and pepper as desired. Also add one small jar of red pimentos that have been drained and a 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill. Stir gently to incorporate.

In Summary

Although we discourage one food diets, we highly encourage the inclusion of tuna in the diet - although not on a daily basis due to the mercury issue and the negative impact it can have on the human body.

Methyl mercury is the product of we-intelligent beings. It is absorbed by fish via water going over the gills as well as contaminated species being eaten by larger fish, and then those being consumed by even larger species.

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