Sandwiches are a classic lunchtime meal, but just because they are a basic go-to for most people doesn’t mean they need to be unhealthy. That’s why we like adding tuna to our sandwiches–when quality tuna is used, it’s a great source of protein and sustainable qualities. It’s important to use tuna that is sustainable caught, non-gmo, and BPA free, which is why we recommend to buy tuna in partnership with Monteray Sea Aquarium. They work with industry leaders to build awareness about the importance of purchasing ocean-friendly fish and seafood! We enjoy using Safe Catch tuna, as they buy from fisherman whose fish contain low levels of mercury. Safe Catch is also safe for infants, children, and pregnant women.
Fish and other seafood are healthful foods that are the primary dietary source for elongated omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Adequate intake of elongated omega-3 PUFAs during pregnancy, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is essential for optimal fetal neurodevelopment and may also protect against other adverse perinatal and longer-term outcomes (1). In the past few years, expert panels have released consensus guidelines for DHA intake during pregnancy (1). Only about one-quarter of pregnant women in the United States are eating the amount of DHA recommended for optimal maternal and child health (1). However, fish may also be contaminated with methylmercury, a demonstrated neurotoxin to which the fetal brain is particularly sensitive. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor for more information on mercury contents in seafood.
(1) Bloomingdale, A., et. al. A qualitative study of fish consumption during pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr November 2010 vol. 92 no. 5 1234-1240.