Top
40
Doctor insights on: What Are The Dangers Of Eating Tuna And Mercury

Share
1

1
I m worried about mercury, I used to eat tuna often for a while, is it dangerous? Thanks

I m worried about mercury, I used to eat tuna often for a while, is it dangerous? Thanks

See below: Yes, mercury (Hg) is dangerous. Any amount but it is dose-dependent. Some fish like tuna do contain Hg but it all depends on what type (species) of fish you eat, where it is caught, and how much you eat. If you are concerned, Hg levels can be checked by a blood test. ...Read more

2

2
Can you suggest good protein snacks? I have to stop eating so much tuna. (worried about mercury)

Can you suggest good protein snacks? I have to stop eating so much tuna. (worried about mercury)

Great question!: There is lots of emphasis now on high protein/low carb eating. Remember, for most people that is 45-55 grams a day. Overdoing it can harmful! But good snack choices are: hard boiled eggs (3-4/week), nuts (cashews/walnuts/almonds), Greek yogurt, string cheese, deli turkey, protein shakes/bar, low-fat cottage cheese, tofu, nut/peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, edamame. Enjoy! ...Read more

4

4
Up until this wk, I've been eating 1 serving of mahi, light tuna, or ono fish per wk. Do I need to wait before trying to conceive (mercury content)?

Up until this wk, I've been eating 1 serving of mahi, light tuna, or ono fish per wk. Do I need to wait before trying to conceive (mercury content)?

No: The potential for mercury in any of the salt water fish you described is very low and should not influence your desire to conceive ...Read more

5

5
Could a sed rate be elevated with mercury poisoning from too much tuna (eating a can of tuna everyday for years?) other symptoms: weak & can't walk.

Could a sed rate be elevated with mercury poisoning from too much tuna (eating a can of tuna everyday for years?) other symptoms: weak & can't walk.

Unlikely: Do you really have mercury poisoning from eating canned tuna? May be a need to contact the epa if this is correct. You could very well possess a peripheral neuropathy, but is your problem localized there or is there a spinal cord issue instead? Sed rate is not usually a marker of poisoning, and may be indicative of a vasculitis or even diabetes. Is your diagnosis truly confirmed? ...Read more

6

6
Can there be high levels of mercury in tuna?

Can there be high levels of mercury in tuna?

Yes: High levels of mercury as well as other toxins can be present in tuna and other fish species. We have to depend upon the government inspections to insure that our seafood we purchase and eat is contaminant free, or certainly at an acceptable level per established standards. ...Read more

7

7
Really what is so bad about the mercury in tuna?

Really what is so bad about the mercury in tuna?

Methylmercury: Is a toxic material that becomes concentrated in tuna because of their diet. If you eat their flesh you can become ill from the poison. Always look for tuna that's certified mercury free. ...Read more

8

8
Does 1 small can of albacore tuna contain a lot of mercury?

Does 1 small can of albacore tuna contain a lot of mercury?

Not a lot: Tuna is one of the fish that has relatively high content of mercury and you should avoid it if you are or are trying to get pregnant. Otherwise, in moderation, it is okay. ...Read more

9

9
How much mercury is in "light" tuna compared to "white" tuna?

How much mercury is in "light" tuna compared to "white" tuna?

Mercury in Tuna: Big eye & ahi tuna should be avoided due to high mercury level. Yellow fin & white albacore tuna intake should be limited. Skipjack & canned chunk light tuna have a lower amount of mercury. ...Read more

10

10
Should I be concerned about Mercury knowing I eat light tuna almost everyday?

Should I be concerned about Mercury knowing I eat light tuna almost everyday?

RiskyAccordingToEPA: White (ALBACORE) tuna contain more mercury than light tuna

two serving of light tuna per week is the limit and eating everyday you are at risk for mercury poisoning according to EPA ...Read more

12

12
Always order ahi tuna when at restaurant - few times a month. Can mercury in that amount be harmful?

Maybe: how much?: Depends on whether you're eating ahi steaks or sushi. Estimate the ounces you eat and your weight. Check out the tuna calculator at environmental working group website
www. Ewg/tunacalculator. ...Read more

13

13
I had 2.5 oz of cooked ahi tuna. I later read ahi tuna is on the "avoid list" due to its higher Mercury level. Is my baby ok? Can I fix it?

I had 2.5 oz of cooked ahi tuna. I later read ahi tuna is on the "avoid list" due to its higher Mercury level. Is my baby ok? Can I fix it?

Stop worrying: There is no actual evidence that any baby has ever been harmed by mercury in fish apart from two tragic pollution disasters. These recommendations are subscientific and are best guesses to allay public fears. In two overseas studies, kids eating fish like this actually did better than others. Comply from now on and keep being a good mother. ...Read more

14

14
Ate a lot of ahi tuna 11 months before conceived (tuna steaks several times in 1 wk). Had it a few times after that. Could mercury still be in system?

Ate a lot of ahi tuna 11 months before conceived (tuna steaks several times in 1 wk). Had it a few times after that. Could mercury still be in system?

Blood test can tell: Since one does not know how much mercury is in the body without a blood test, getting the test is the easiest thing to do. If the level is in the normal range, then it doesn't matter how much fish was eaten earlier. ...Read more

15

15
Does "skipjack" have more mercury than "yellow fin" tuna?

Does "skipjack" have more mercury than "yellow fin" tuna?

Depends: Mercury absorption in fish is dependent upon where the fish lives and feeds. Some regions are much more likely to be polluted than others. You need to know where your seafood comes from. The safer regions (and those which aren't) can be found on the fda's website. ...Read more

16

16
Mercury as I know is found in tuna more than any other fish. Is that truth?

Mercury as I know is found in tuna more than any other fish. Is that truth?

One of them: Tuna is one of them. Predator fish can develop very high levels of mercury. Fish with very high potential mercury levels include: shark, swordfish, marlin, king mackerel, big eye & ahi tuna, orange roughy & tilefish. ...Read more

18

18
Is canned tuna good for you or it usually is full of conservants, sodium, mercury, heavy metals and so forth? Is it safe to eat everyday?

Is canned tuna good for you or it usually is full of conservants, sodium, mercury, heavy metals and so forth? Is it safe to eat everyday?

Mercury toxic; NO!!!: There are good things in tuna but it tends to be high in mercury. Experts advise eating canned albacore no more than 3 times a month, though it is ok to have "light" or skipjack tuna twice a week (but not both!). See http://www. Nrdc. Org/health/effects/mercury/tuna. Asp. ...Read more

19

19
What's the whole deal with tuna & mercury? Tunas the only protein source I eat but was told not more than one can a week cuz of mercury. Plz explain!

What's the whole deal with tuna & mercury? Tunas the only protein source I eat but was told not more than one can a week cuz of mercury. Plz explain!

See below: The mercury released into the environment, in part from burning coal, accumulates in animals and get concentrated in top predators like tuna. See below for suggestion on nutrition and consult this article for more info:
http://www. Consumerreports. Org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/january/food/mercury-in-tuna/overview/index. Htm? LoginMethod=auto
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

20

20
What amount tuna can lead to mercury poisoning?

What amount tuna can lead to mercury poisoning?

Depends on type of: Tuna. Big Eye & AHI Tuna should be avoided due to high mercury level. Yellow fin & White Albacore Tuna intake should be limited (no more than 3 – 6 oz servings per month). Skipjack & canned chunk light tuna have a lower amount of mercury (no more than 6 6-oz servings per month). ...Read more

21

21
What amount of tuna can lead to mercury poisoning?

What amount of tuna can lead to mercury poisoning?

Consult EPA: The EPA suggest 8-12 oz of fish per week from the varieties of fish lowest in mercury. Tuna unfortunately contains some of the highest levels of mercury. Consumption of albacore tuna should be limited to 6 oz/week. There are other sources of mercury exposure including occupational risks. If you are concerned about mercury toxicity consult your doctor. A blood test can confirm an abnormal level. ...Read more

22

22
If I eat a can of tuna a day could I get mercury poisoning?

* 5-oz. Tuna 18.11:
*5-oz. Can tuna albacore 49.53 ugm of mercury

*5- oz. Tuna steak 97.49 ugm of mercury

3. Divide daily mercury intake by your weight in kg is dose ugm/kg

*EPA—including pregnant women safe dose is. 1 ugm/ kg/d. Or

* CDC&P 0.3 mugm/ kg/d

Multiply daily limit by 7 EPA. 7; CDC 2.1.

Divide weekly dose by daily dose for cans/wk 180 lb/2.2 82 kg guy EPA 3.2 cans CDC&P 9.5

* ...Read more

23

23
How much tuna is too much tuna considering the mercury in fish?

Mercury in tuna: Mercury in canned tuna is higher in white than in light tuna. Pregnant women shouldn't eat any, and potentially pregnant women and young children should eat white tuna once a week or less, light tuna twice a week or less. Http://www. Consumerreports. Org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/january/food/mercury-in-tuna/overview/index. Htm no swordfish either: http://seafood. Ucdavis. Edu/pubs/mercury. Htm. ...Read more

24

24
How much tuna is too much tuna in regards with the mercury in fish?

How much tuna is too much tuna in regards with the mercury in fish?

Mercury in fish: Some fish, however, contain high amounts of mercury -- enough to damage a fetus or newborn. That is why pregnant and nursing mothers must be very careful about the amounts and types of fish they eat. Young children should also avoid eating fish high in mercury. According to the fda, pregnant women and small children (under 6) should not eat more than 2 servings of fish each week. ...Read more

26

26
Is it bad to eat 2-3 hard boiled eggs a day? I love them & eat them as a source of protein. Also eat approx 3 cans tuna a week? Is mercury a problem?

Is it bad to eat 2-3 hard boiled eggs a day? I love them & eat them as a source of protein. Also eat approx 3 cans tuna a week? Is mercury a problem?

Sort of yes to both: It is better to have a mixed diet with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Boiled eggs are fine, as long as your cholesterol is normal. Mercury in tuna is a concern, but depends on the source of tuna and it is nor feasible to provide an opinion without testing the contents of the tuna cans.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

27

27
Ringing in ears due to mercury in tuna?

Ringing in ears due to mercury in tuna?

I doubt it: Classic mercury poisoning doesn't announce itself this way, and millions of people have tinnitus with no explanation. ...Read more

28

28
Does salmon sushi contain as much mercury as tuna or swordfish?

Does salmon sushi contain as much mercury as tuna or swordfish?

Mercury: Is a heavy metal that can be toxic at high doses. It can lead to damage to brain, kidneys & lung. Symptoms of toxicity include impaired vision/hearing/speech, disturbed sensation, lack of coordination, itching, burning, pain, skin discoloration & shedding, profuse sweating, heart racing, high blood pressure, labile moods, memory & sleep disturbance. ...Read more

29

29
I love tuna fish! How long will it take for me to get mercury poison?

I love tuna fish! How long will it take for me to get mercury poison?

Tuna Tales: Likely never, unless you consumed enormous quantities of this fish. While tuna and several other large game fish tend to concentrate mercury and several other heavy metals in their tissues, much of this can be controlled by choosing the source of your fish. Purchasing tuna from reputable countries can ensure more quality in the fish you consume. This is also true of farmed fish like tilapia. ...Read more

30

30
How often can I eat tuna without worrying of mercury poisoning? I eat one chunk light can of tuna every week or 2- is this too much?

How often can I eat tuna without worrying of mercury poisoning? I eat one chunk light can of tuna every week or 2- is this too much?

No limit: No one has demonstrated any cognitive damage whatever from mercury in fish apart from the areas of terrible pollution like Minamata. The most recent studies show more Mercury and less neuropathology in fish eaters. Fish-eating kids test as smarter, etc. EPA recommendations are political guesswork. I would ignore them. ...Read more

32

32
Ate tuna, pregnant, is baby at risk of mercury poisoning?

Ate tuna, pregnant, is baby at risk of mercury poisoning?

No: The only type of tuna that may have an increased percentage of mercury is solid white tuna. The recommendation is to avoid eating solid white tuna more than once per week when you are pregnant. ...Read more

33

33
Ate ahi tuna (sushi) often a few months before I got pregnant. Can the mercury stay in your system and harm the baby?

Ate ahi tuna (sushi) often a few months before I got pregnant. Can the mercury stay in your system and harm the baby?

/.: Ahi tuna is supposed to be high risk for mercury.
Half life of mercury in body is about 2 months. That means if there were no further exposures to mercury the body would have gotten rid of about half of the mercury in body in about 2 months.
Harm to fetus depends of the amount of mercury and the duration of exposure.
Would suggest being off any form of sushi and even canned tuna until baby born. ...Read more

34

34
Worried - for about 2 years and up until recently ate 3 portions of tinned tuna a week and 4 portions of other fish. Can mercury in fish cause cancer?

Worried - for about 2 years and up until recently ate 3 portions of tinned tuna a week and 4 portions of other fish. Can mercury in fish cause cancer?

Does not cause Ca: A number of different additives are present in food and drugs where in the latter instance they serve as preservatives. The minor cause of cancer is hereditary, while the major cause is from carcinogens or viruses. The effect of mercury is cumulative so that in diet or in vaccines, the mercury will migrate to neural tissue of brain and may in the long run diminish neural function. ...Read more

35

35
I ate a tuna fish sandwich for lunch that was ablcoure white. And then ate a bug pice of talepea for dinner could I have gave myself mercury poisoning? What are the symptoms

Mercury poisoning: From what you had today, you will not develop mercury poisoning. But you are right, source for Mercury poisoning is from fish. Still very rare disease. Symptoms for Mercury poisoning are mostly neurological including sensory impairment, confusion, numbness and etc. It can lead to death. But today's consumption will unlikely lead to Mercury poisoning. ...Read more

36

36
Is lobster safe to eat during pregnancy like in a bisque? Only raw seafoods or high mercury fish like tuna are a problem, right?

Is lobster safe to eat during pregnancy like in a bisque? Only raw seafoods or high mercury fish like tuna are a problem, right?

Lobster: Lobster, prawns, scallops, etc are safe during pregnancy. Many large ocean fish now contain unacceptable levels of mercury due to mans contamination of the sea. Fish can be a very good food during your pregnancy. One to two servings a week is recommended. The fish high in mercury are king mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish. Tuna is actually ok, but salmon would be a better choice. ...Read more

37

37
I try to eat Salmon once/twice a week for the omegas. I eat tuna fish (sandwich or on a salad) about once a week. Shld I worry about Mercury poison?

I try to eat Salmon once/twice a week for the omegas. I eat tuna fish (sandwich or on a salad) about once a week. Shld I worry about Mercury poison?

Probably not: It is not feasible to provide a definitive answer without analyzing your food. You may consult this site for information on this topic.
http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm110591.htm ...Read more

39

39
I eat a lot of tuna, flounder. Lots of fish. Am female, 35, not sexually active. Do I need to worry about mercury? Could it cause muscle spasms?

I eat a lot of tuna, flounder. Lots of fish. Am female, 35, not sexually active. Do I need to worry about mercury? Could it cause muscle spasms?

Fish twice weekly: I believe that the latest recommendations on how often fish should be consumed due to mercury contamination is on the order of twice weekly. Also, certain fish are noted to have MORE mercury in them due to their size and how the fish itself absorbs this contaminant. If you have muscle spasms I'd look for other causes and worry about mercury as anything significant for that issue. ...Read more

40

40
What effects does mercury have on our bodies if consumed? I am doing a project for chemistry and it is about the danger of mercury.

I've: I've attached 2 websites with reliable information on mercury poisoning below that should answer your questions and then some. Good luck! ...Read more