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Why You Should Be Eating More Skipjack Tuna
Fish is one of the healthiest foods since it is an excellent source of protein and is packed full of nutrients like vitamin D, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids. The recommended intake for fish is at least 8 ounces or two servings per week, and one of the quickest ways to get the recommended nutrition is by buying tuna.
While it is known that tuna have high mercury content, the skipjack tuna has relatively lower levels of mercury, around one-third of the amount found in albacore tuna. It is also a great source of selenium, providing 140% of the FDA-recommended amount of selenium in a single serving, not to mention its soft and flaky texture which is ideal for making tuna salad.
Given its lower mercury and higher selenium levels, consuming up to three servings of skipjack a week can be consiered safe. So load up on cans of "light tuna," which tends to be mostly skipjack (sometimes mixed with yellowfin), on your next shopping trip.