Date published: July 1, 2012
It's hard to love tuna salad these days. What with the mercury, the salt, the BPA-laden cans, and the harm to other marine life caused by fishing with longlines or nets, you can't enjoy a decent tuna fish sandwich.
Well, break out the mayo. Sustainable Seas Wild Pole-Caught No Salt Added Solid Light or Solid Albacore Tuna is caught one fish at a time, which means no "by-catch" - sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and other sea life that get caught on longlines or swept up in nets along with the tuna. (Pole- and troll-caught tuna from the U.S. and Canadian Pacific - like the tuna in Sustainable Seas - are rated "Best Choices" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.)
And the cans are free of BPA, a compound that can mimic hormones in the body or raise the risk of diabetes or heart disease. Bonus: because pole- and troll-caught tuna are younger and smaller than tuna caught by other methods, they typically have only about a third the mercury. In fact, the Environmental Defense Fund has no consumption advisory for pole- or troll-caught albacore, but does have an advisory for albacore caught by longlines. (Albacore has more mercury than light.) Double bonus: younger fish typically have higher levels of healthy omega-3 fats.
A standard, five-ounce can of Sustainable Seas No Salt Added cost us roughly the same as Starkist Selects Very Low Sodium Chunk White Albacore in Water or Bumble Bee Very Low Sodium Solid White Albacore In Water. And It was cheaper than (sustainably caught) Wild Planet No Salt Added Wild Albacore.
As for taste: Sustainable is every bit as good as the big brands' very-low-sodiums.
Love tuna? Make it sustainable. Please.
Sustainable Seas: (800) 998-9946