It seems I've been blogging in my head and not actually writing and posting my thoughts. These recent thoughts (which have yet to be written) all seem to be about food. It makes sense, really, since I'm a mom and in charge of feeding my family something somewhat nourishing.
My journey with this blog has been to share things I learn about relating to the health of my family and the environment—so naturally food fits right in there.
I'll skip straight to today's food dilemma: tuna.
My son recently discovered that he liked tuna salad sandwiches. I love it too, but had actually been avoiding it because of issues with mercury and also with BPA in the cans. Surely there is some small quantity of it that would be okay?
I found this information on the NRDC website:
"Since children get most of their mercury from canned tuna, it is important for parents to limit their children's consumption to less than one ounce of canned light tuna for every 12 pounds of body weight per week, in order to stay below the level of mercury the EPA considers safe. That means that a child who weighs 36 pounds should not eat more than 3 ounces (half a standard-sized can of chunk light tuna) per week. Children should avoid albacore or white tuna because the levels of mercury are higher."
At the store earlier today I had found 2 kinds of tuna at the store that looked interesting.
This first one is a brand I've loved for a long time. The quality seems good and I like that it is local. I hadn't known about the albacore being higher in mercury. So I looked at the Dave's website and learned that the albacore they catch is much safer because they use smaller, younger fish from colder waters. These fish have not built up the mercury levels that the older, larger albacore have. I also read on their website about the differences between their tuna and national brand tunas. They have completely sold me! I'm feeling much better about serving their tuna. You can even see pictures of each of their fishing boats online.
The second kind of tuna I found at the store today was Wild Planet. I haven't tried this brand yet, but the label sure got my attention since it addressed many of my concerns.
But the real test will be if the tuna sandwich gets eaten in his lunch.