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Is Canned Tuna Safe?

03/27/2015 02:27 EDT | Updated 03/27/2015 02:59 EDT

Either you've fully embraced your love for canned tuna or go out of your way to avoid it altogether.

With mixed opinions from nutritionists and researchers, canned tuna is one of those foods that make people unsure of its health benefits In the video above by Time magazine, we hear experts weigh in on what they think about this popular saltwater fish. While there are mixed reviews, it's important to go over some of the pros and cons of buying canned tuna.

A typical five ounce can has 56 per cent of your daily protein intake (and typically 181 per cent of your daily intake of vitamin B-12), and like other fish, is full of omega-3 fatty acids. But some experts say it also has a high mercury rate, and Philppe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health says canned tuna contributes more than one-third of the mercury exposure to the average person in the U.S.

Then again, other factors like the oil, the type of tuna (if it's light) and sodium content all contribute to the fish's health benefits. And if you're eating canned tuna every day, you may want to consider setting a weekly limit, Men's Health magazine notes.

Watch the video above to find out if canned tuna is right for you.

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