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Four nutritonal benefits of canned tuna

25 October 2017 - 00:53

Afu

Foodaholic. Travel Buff. Smartphoneographer.

Did you know that canned tuna actually has nutrional benefits? 

1. It is high in omega 3

Omega 3 fats are good for us as it is an essential type of fat for our health that cannot be produced by the body. Tuna contains 28x more Omega 3 fatty acids than freshwater fish. 

This type of fat can help relieve arthritis, lower risk of heart disease, reduce asthma, regulate blood cholesterol levels, improve the ration of good and bad cholesterol, and is important for the growth and development of children.

2. It is rich in protein

Tuna is a fish that is rich in protein, and it is reported as being higher than the protein content found on eggs. 

3. It is rich in minerals

Tuna consists of a wide range of mineral content. The Iodine content in tuna is 28x more than freshwater fish - which plays an important role in preventing mumps, as well as aids in improving intelligence in children. In addition that, tuna consists of selenium, which activates the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase that protects the body from free radicals leading to types of cancer.

4. It is rich in vitamins

The vitamin A present in tuna is good for maintenance of epithelial cells, enhancing immunity, growth, vision and reproduction in the body. It also consists of Vitamin B6 and folic acid that can lower homocysteine levels.

Homocysteine can be a risk for the arteries, and could potentially cause heart disease.

While this is nutrition's found in Tuna - a canned tuna will do just as well! However pregnant women must refrain from consuming too much tuna (ask doctor for recommendation), due to the magnesium content.


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