Tuna is a versatile fish. From salads and hand rolls to melts and even pasta, tuna is a tasty, healthy addition to a wide range of meals and snacks. Just one tiny can of tuna provides more than half of your daily recommended value of protein, along with key nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids.
Reel In Safe and Sustainable Tuna
Because tuna already has tons of protein and vitamins with very little fat, the main concerns when purchasing it are less about how nutritious it is, and more about how it was caught. You should also find out whether the tuna you purchase is sufficiently free of contaminants like mercury. When reading the label on a can or package of tuna, it’s important to look out for key terms, such as:
- Sustainably caught
- Sustainably farmed
- Turtle and dolphin safe
- Fish aggregating device (FAD)-free
- Long lines-free
- Mercury tested
Top Tuna Brands
Look for tuna that has been responsibly harvested and prepared with as few additives as possible, or none at all. These brands have you covered:
Safe Catch uses proprietary technology to test all of its tuna for mercury, and it only approves fish with mercury levels far below the Food and Drug Administration’s action limit. Safe Catch’s tuna is also caught without any FADs and is full of omega-3s while remaining Whole30 approved.
Wild Planet is committed to sustainable fishing practices. All of its tuna catching complies with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. That means Wild Planet’s practices avoid habitat damage and don’t contribute to overfishing.
Like the taste of tuna, but prefer a plant-based alternative? Good Catch makes fish-free tuna that has real seafood taste and a texture reminiscent of albacore, along with the protein and nutrients you expect from actual tuna.
Best Canned Tuna
Canned tuna is not only delicious and packed with nutrients - it also has a long shelf life. Try these popular options:
Safe Catch Wild Albacore Tuna, No Salt Added
Caught one at a time with a pole and line, the albacore tuna in this can is sustainably harvested. It’s also high in omega-3s, free of added salt, and, thanks to Safe Catch’s proprietary testing, as low in mercury content as possible.
Thrive Market Non-GMO Chunk Light Tuna, No Salt Added
Our own spin on chunk light tuna has no added salt, making it good for low-sodium diets. It’s non-GMO as well, sustainably caught, and suitable for paleo and gluten-free diets, too.
Healthy Plant-Based Tuna Alternatives
Get all of the taste of saltwater fish without any of the actual fish by trying these plant-based options:
Good Catch Fish-Free Tuna Mediterranean
This flavorful vegan tuna uses a mix of six different legumes, including peas, lentils, and navy beans. There are 14 grams of protein in each serving and plenty of omega-3s, thanks to sea algae oil.
Good Catch Fish-Free Tuna Naked In Water
Want to add your own flavors to the vegan tuna you’re tossing in a salad or casserole? Try this option, which is spice-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
Tuna Fish Tips and How-tos
Take your fish game to another level by checking out these tips in our blog posts:
Canned Tuna Recipes to Try Out
Tuna is a popular addition to salads of all kinds. In this post, we run through some easy recipes for tuna, like Caesar wraps and tuna with butter lettuce or arugula.
Beyond Tuna: Ideas for Other Canned Fish
Sardines, herring, and salmon can provide the same amazing combo of protein and nutrients found in tuna. Explore some recipes for these types of fish on our blog.