Tuna/salmon : yes or no?

Something just tickled my curiosity. Someone mentioned as part of their quest to loose weight, no tuna and no salmon. Perhaps the experts/researches have concluded this and they could be right, but but but....... : how come I eat a lot of those and have lost weight and am not putting it back on? Weird.

I have had 1 can of tuna (95g) on 6 cruskits every morning for breakfast, that is every morning for more than a year. I just love it.

I love Smoked Salmon as well as Salmon fillets. I buy frozen packs of Salmon fillets, Tuna fillets, Barramundi fillets and we alternate eating them twice a week.

So really it does not make sense. It is probably because I keep an eye on calories and when I have fish fillets I usually have two serves of veges or salad so I do not have to restrict my liking of tuna Salmon or Barra.

Also all my joints pains have gone. Is it the morning daily dose of tuna? Or is it the control of sugar? We will never know but it is interesting.

So expert/researchers may say : no tuna no salmon, but my brain tells me : go for it girl, if it works for you, enjoy. 😄

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  • I look forward to the replies as hubby and I have started making a concerted effort to include both into our attempt at a healthy balanced diet.. :)

  • Oily fish twice a week is good for both joints and cardiology. Keep it up!

    Canned tuna doesn't count, unfortunately, since the processing affects the contents.

    Tuna, salmon, shark, swordfish and other predator fish accumulate mercury and dioxins from their diet, so you should be moderate in your consumption.


  • Good to know. I did not realise that it was predator fishes who could have Mercury. I thought all fishes.

    When you think about it, people take fish oil capsules for soreness so why spend the money when you can just enjoy eating the fish?

  • I just read the link you sent. Very very interesting. We had prawns today (we bought a 20kg frozen slab), sometimes we have oysters and I still have two crayfish in my freeze for next week. The crabbing season will start soon so Blue Manna Crabs will be the order of the day. We also like to eat freshly caught squid. Somehow I never related those shellfish with fish.

    I will print out the info from NHS livewell. I need to read it at leisure. So much information. Thanks for this flavourfiend

  • Where I used to live we would catch barracuda - the saying was 'if it's longer than your arm, it'll do you harm' (due to the toxins from other fish and the coral)

  • We did catch a barracuda once on the edge of the reef. It is not supposed to be a good fish but we ate it regardless because we caught it. Now barramundi is really really good but hard to catch so get it from the fishmonger snap frozen from the boat. Delicious and hopefully healthy.

  • "I did not realise that it was predator fishes who could have Mercury. I thought all fishes."

    Yes, all fish does, to some extent. But the ones at the top of the food chain can't use or excrete the mercury and other nasties that they consume from all the other fish they eat, so it accumulates.

  • Hi!

    I'm not an expert, but I would assume that those who avoid tuna and salmon do so due to the oils present naturally in the fish? These oils could be behind the easing of your joint pain? Not all oils are bad for us. Some can be beneficial!

    I suspect that - as with everything in life - moderation is the key! As long as you are counting the calories.....you should be fine!

  • Hi Nhs2105,

    I found these links that are short to read, but quite interesting:




    I eat both salmon and tuna, but try to have them in moderation.

    Hope you are having a great week.

    Lowcal :-)

  • Very good read lowcal. Thanks for this. I also will print it and re-read it at leisure. I may even work out a plan to incorporate a bigger diversity of fish in our diet. 🎣🚣🏻

    Amazing how much information there is out there.

  • I love eating fish Nhs2015, It's really versatile and delicious. I think I recently mentioned to you that I'd tried some Red Snapper (which you appeared to know well) - and I enjoyed that. Recently I bought some Cod loin as they were on special offer (5 big pieces for just £9.00 - bargain!) - I don't know the price of fish where you are - but that was good value over here - for good quality fish.

    I made a fish pie last weekend that lasted us for 3 meals in a row, and we didn't get bored of it!

    Glad you like the info, it's so easy to find information these days isn't it. :-)

  • Celeriac makes a lovely topping to fish pie, very low cal too, I add spring onions and crime friache too, it's more luxury, than any full of calls/old version I've ever had!

  • I love celeriac. Specially as "celery remoulade". Here it is a bit expensive. $5 for one.

  • Hi Diana,

    That sounds like a delicious topping for the fish pie - thanks for sharing it.

    Lowcal :-)

  • Tuna and salmon are pretty much the only fish I eat, apart from the odd treat of fish n chips (without the batter). As a long-time vegetarian I recently reintroduced some fish into my diet to plug various gaps - omega 3 oils, protein, etc. I also now like to have smoked mackerel. I'm curious what the objections were that you heard because as a vegetarian all I kept hearing was the benefits of oily fish and of fish in general. Maybe I'll check out Lowcal's links...

  • I've read those links - the risks seem to relate to overeating those fish. I guess there are risks in overeating anything. If anything, after re-engaging with the numerous benefits which seem to far outweigh the traces of mercury etc, B12, good fats, high amounts of protein, I feel all the more encouraged to eat salmon and tuna. I'll be seeking out some fillets for the wknd I think :)

  • Me too! Good idea. :-)

  • We BBQ/grill our tuna and my husband squeeze lemon juice on his and I heat up soya sauce and chilli sauce (just a bit) to go with mine and my veges.

    I had tuna for breakfast, prawns for lunch and having barramundi fillet for dinner. Oops 😈

  • Honestly, you can eat whatever you want as long as you're burning more calories you will loss weight. Dietaries are so full of it. I'm on a balance diet (I eat fish and lots of it, good source of protein and Omega-3) and I consume around 1,200 calories a day! Anyone losing weight I'd advice between 1.200 (for a woman usually) to 1,500 kcal daily. But make sure first hand your doctor is okay with this and if you're only slightly overweight or not at all then don't bother with this diet. I'm 14 stone odd. hence why I'm on this diet, my BMI is over 30 so i'm clinically obese!

  • Hear hear

  • I have tuna or salmon For at least 5 meals a week. I have lost 17 kg. that is all I can say. My cats say they will have any that is going spare if anyone is throwing it out.

  • Haha 😀

  • I love both salmon and tuna and couldn't imaging not eating it along with many other varieties of fish. It's soooooo nice. I actually just had a king prawn bulgar stir fry and it was delish :-) Continue to enjoy Nhs2015 it won't harm us :-)

  • My cats are very dissapointed that no donations have been forthcoming.

  • lol :-)

  • It's worth noting that avacado S are a great fat, and yes I love salmon, not so much tuna tho

  • Jonathan Bailor actually recommends having some type of fish every day as a meal in his 'the calorie myth' book - I tried a few tin tuna varieties (albacore, white meat, yellow fin) and decided I really like the yellow fin tuna

    So I usually mix that with some garlic mayo & red onions. I'd eat tuna steak if it wasn't so expensive where I am.

    Love salmon, actually bought a whole salmon on the weekend and lovingly parceled it and froze

    Not sure how eating too much fish can be bad - maybe it's that whole thing about mercury poisoning? I am almost sure eating too much fish will not make you gain weight - unless you are combining it with processed/high starchy carbs

  • Tinned tuna doesn't retain the beneficial omega-3, other than that I think the only concerns would be around how much mercury large sea fish contain, due to pollution and eating other fish.

    Too much protein is easily converted to glucose of course, with harmful side products.

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