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Canned Tuna and Salmon
Initial Posting: 9/8/18 Last Update: 10/23/18
Best Canned Tuna and Salmon from CL's Tests
Avoid Mercury and Maximize EPA & DHA Omega-3s!
Canned tuna and canned salmon compared in this review
Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore In Water
Kirkland [Costco] Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon
Vital Choice Albacore Solid White Albacore
Chicken Of The Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna In Water
Safe Catch Elite Solid Wild Tuna Steak
Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
Deming's Red Sockeye Wild Alaska Salmon
StarKist Selects Solid Yellowfin in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna
Genova Yellowfin In Extra Virgin Olive Oil With Sea Salt
Trader Joe's Chunk Light Skipjack In Water With Sea Salt
Wild Planet Skipjack Wild Tuna
Kirkland [Costco] Albacore Solid White in Water
Trader Joe's Sockeye Salmon
Make sure the canned fish you use provides the most EPA and DHA and is not contaminated!
Isn't your health worth it?
Canned tuna and salmon are convenient foods that help meet dietary recommendations for protein as well as for the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. But amounts of DHA and EPA in tuna and salmon can vary widely and products may contain concentrations of mercury and arsenic that should be avoided. Labels rarely provide this information, so ConsumerLab tested popular canned tuna and salmon.
DHA and EPA in a serving from each canned tuna or salmon ranged from just 45 mg to over 1,200 mg. Many did not provide the recommended average daily intake of 250 mg. In addition, two products contained significantly less DHA and EPA than claimed on their labels.
Just as concerning was half the products were contaminated with mercury and/or arsenic at levels suggesting they should not be eaten more than once or twice a week. This was common among albacore tunas, but also an issue with a skipjack tuna and a yellowfin tuna.
So which are the best choices for getting tuna and salmon in cans? ConsumerLab selected four products as Top Picks. Each provides a significant amount of DHA and EPA with minimal contamination and at a good price — as little as 60 to 80 cents per suggested serving, and sometimes half the cost of similar products.
You must be a member to get the full test results for 14 canned tunas and canned salmons along with ConsumerLab.com's recommendations.
In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
How much EPA and DHA is in each tuna or salmon product
How much mercury and arsenic is in each product
The best canned tunas and the best canned salmons
The worst canned fish -- ones you should not eat more than once a week
How much canned fish you should eat as part of a healthful diet, and how this differs for children