Why You Should Always Have Canned Tuna In Your Pantry

In addition to its versatility, canned tuna is also incredibly nutritious. It’s low in calories and fat, but high in protein: a 4-ounce serving of albacore (or albacore) tuna has over 26 grams of protein for just 145 calories and less than 4 grams of fat (via WebMD) . Canned tuna is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as important vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.

One concern with canned tuna is that it contains mercury, a neurotoxin. However, depending on the type of canned tuna, you may enjoy several servings per week. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, adults can safely enjoy two to three 4-ounce servings of light tuna and one 4-ounce serving of albacore tuna a week without worrying about mercury.

Another benefit of canned tuna is its long shelf life. While the National Institute of Fisheries recommends four years for unopened canned tuna and three for bagged tuna, according to the USDA, commercially canned tuna can actually be safely eaten for up to five years. . So grab a few extra cans of tuna the next time you go grocery shopping. They’ll be good for a long time, but with all the dishes you can make of them, they might not last as long as you think.

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