Bodybuilders and weight gainers generally eat tuna because of its high protein value, but the significant health benefits of tuna on the cardiovascular system are directly related to its high content of omega-3s.
Omega-3 fatty acids have become a popular name these days due to its ability to support healthy cholesterol levels. Regular intake of omega-3 can help to keep blood inside arteries from clotting, preventing cholesterol from turning into artery-clogging plaque, the cause of most heart attacks. Besides, omega-3s can prevent erratic heart rhythms and reduce high blood pressure.
Furthermore, as an oily fish, tuna contains high amounts of vitamin D and many people are fully aware of the endless list of benefits of the sunshine vitamin. A single can of tuna in oil contains 200 IUs, just about the daily adequate intake of vitamin D for infants, children, man and women aged 19-50 according to the US Dietary Reference. However, the health benefits of tuna are not limited to only omega-3s and vitamin D.
Tuna is packed with valuable nutrients including high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B1 (thiamin), selenium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
In addition, tuna is low in calories and can be added to the majority of weight-loss diets. You can make an “old fashioned macaroni salad with tuna” for a delicious meal of only 369 calories. Even tuna sandwiches can be a healthy option. Just watch for size (keep smaller portions) and the amount of mayonnaise used.
So, “eat more tuna”, that’s what those funny looking cows should say.
|Wild Planet – Wild Albacore Tuna No Salt – 5 oz.|