Salmon tends to have more nutritional value overall, but tuna is definitely a healthy food choice. Let’s have a faceoff!
More Protein – Tuna
More Fat – Salmon
More calcium – Tuna
Potassium – Salmon
Vitamin C – Salmon
Amino acids – Tuna
Sodium – Tuna
Calories – Tuna
A: Either, for different reasons.
Tuna and salmon are both good sources of protein and vitamin D. As long as they are caught in the wild, and not farmed, both fish also contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which allow the brain and circulatory systems to function properly.
Wild salmon are also a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, which benefit the entire body, particularly the brain and nervous system. If one is to eat salmon, it is always recommended they eat wild, rather than farmed, though it is much more monetarily expensive than the latter.
Tuna, on the other hand, is a good source of selenium, niacin and vitamins B1 and B6. With tuna, the mercury content has always been a spot of contention, but most health experts agree that the health benefits of consuming white tuna outweigh the mercury content. If one is to eat canned tuna, light tuna packed in water is the best choice, as it has the least amount of sodium.
To add to the answers from above, the size of the fish directly relates to how much Methylmercury can accumulate. Going to a grocery store, I’m sure you’ll notice that wild Salmon is more expensive than farmed Salmon, which is more expensive than canned Tuna. Tuna are generally larger fish, which not only require more work to farm, but also have the highest potential in the bio accumulation of Methylmercury. Aside from Salmon and Tuna, I challenge you to try other fish! If you search for Good Eats Season 13 Episode 20, Alton Brown explains how Catfish farms are a much more sustainable option.
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