Moderation Is the Key to Staying Safe and Still Enjoying a Bit of Tuna

By Macdonald, Dan | The Florida Times Union, February 3, 2006 | Go to article overview

Moderation Is the Key to Staying Safe and Still Enjoying a Bit of Tuna


Macdonald, Dan, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Dan Macdonald

Recent government reports about increased mercury levels in tuna haven't made much of a difference in area tuna consumption, area chefs and a supplier have told me.

I won't get into the science stuff, but the basic government warning is that pregnant women and young children should avoid eating tuna.

From what I have read and heard (a recent podcast by "The Restaurant Guys" brought differing sides together for a civil and informative discussion), there is no debating that large predator fish such as tuna, shark and kingfish contain mercury. The argument is over how much is too much.

As with all things, moderation is the key. The occasional tuna sandwich or ahi appetizer isn't going to kill you. Eat it every day, and you'll probably run the risk of higher mercury levels.

If you have concerns, talk to your doctor.

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