Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tuna....

Sorry I have taken so long but I have been busy and my daughter Maya who is 16 months is being a real pain.. To top it off, the other half was home sick all last week so I havn't had a moment to concentrate on anything!!!

I have a couple of posts that have come to mind this morning that I want to rant about!

First one is canned tuna...

A bit of background, my other half suffers from depression and has been taking anti-depressants for the last few months and his doses were progressively getting higher until it clearly was doing more harm then good. Then, the weekend before last he finally came to the conclusion on his own that atleast for him that he had to pay more attention to his diet, in particular sugar, caffiene, preservatives and additives. So, since then he has weaned himself off over the last week and a bit.

Now his diet is pretty good with me on his case but its not perfect, especially since he has been on the anti depressants.

*ah now that Maya has finally got sick of spinning me around in my computer chair I will continue...*

This morning he saw his doctor and filled her in on whats been happening. His doctor is a general practitioner but she does training in depression. Anyway, she then went on to reccomend some supplements he should take with one of them being fish oil, but get this... she told him that there is no point eating canned tuna for omega 3 because they barely have any. Her reasoning was that the omega 3 in canned tuna is taken out to make fish oil capsules!

Now okay we don't eat canned tuna very often, maybe once every few weeks at most but alot of dieters do... especially low carbers and, for the reason being that canned tuna is a good source of omega 3, so I found this very interesting...

I go have a look in my pantry to find a can of Greenseas Tuna in springwater, and on the label they state:

"Your body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, so it is essential to eat foods containing them for a balanced diet. Give your omega-3 intake a real boost with Greanseas Tuna."

"Good source of Omega 3" and then "98% fat free"

I proceed to the nutritional label and for 100g of tuna there is a measly 0.3 grams of omega 3...

But get this... there is 0.6grams of saturated fat, since when did tuna have twice as much saturated fat of what it has in omega 3? Remember this tuna is in springwater so no fat has been added...

The mind boggles...

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