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Safe Catch Review: The Lowest Mercury Tuna You Can Buy

Safe Catch Review: The Lowest Mercury Tuna You Can Buy

Tuna is one of those foods that we know is generally healthy, but are also a bit skeptical about due to the mercury factor – especially if we are pregnant or planning on feeding it to a child. Then, there’s the fact that most canned tuna is pretty flavorless and also filled with additives and fillers, which doesn’t make us want to run out and buy it either... But not with Safe Catch! It’s literally the healthiest and tastiest tuna you can buy – period!

Keep reading to learn more…

For Moms, Moms-To-Be and Toddlers 1 Year+*

Tuna-Bean Salad made with Safe Catch Elite Tuna

THE PRODUCT:

Tuna is an extremely healthy and versatile fish that is high in Omega 3s and can be used in 100s of recipes. Unfortunately, most canned tuna loses flavor and the bulk of its Omega 3s due to machine processing. The majority of companies also precook their tuna and use additives and fillers to put flavor back into the fish.

But not at Safe Catch! In fact, Safe Catch sources the lowest mercury of any brand, is Non-GMO verified, BPA free and is free from any fillers or additives.

At Safe Catch, they hand pack pure, raw tuna steaks to retain all nutrients and then slow cook them to perfection, and besides salt where noted (or seasonings in their flavored varieties) they don’t add anything at all – it’s just pure tuna! They also test each and every one of the hand picked premium wild-caught tuna to a mercury limit that is 10x lower than the FDA action limit. Moreover, Safe Catch Elite (their most popular line) is the only brand of tuna that meets Consumer Reports’ “Low Mercury” criteria set for pregnant women and children. Safe Catch Elite is even the official tuna of the American Pregnancy Association.

Finally, Safe Catch tuna is wild and sustainably caught without using FADs or long lines. They are a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. Their tuna is also Certified Kosher by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation of America.

The Flavors:

Whether you are looking for a plain, nothing but pure wild tuna taste or an already-seasoned tuna to craft one-of-a-kind creations, you will find it with Safe Catch. In fact, they have their Elite Wild Tuna, Wild Albacore Tuna with only 20mg of naturally occurring salt, or Elite Tuna with 6 premium spice blends including: mouthwatering Chili Lime, Citrus Pepper, Habanero Mint, Garlic Herb, Tandoori, and Cajun. All of their offerings are also available in cans or single-serving pouches, so you can enjoy your tuna anytime, anywhere!

NUTRITION-WISE:

Safe Catch truly has the lowest mercury content of any tuna on the market. But how can they know/claim this? For several reasons.

  • First, they catch the tuna. Safe Catch tuna is traceable from catch to can. Furthermore, they only buy from captains whose fish come from managed and sustainable tuna stocks.
  • Then, they test each tuna. Using their proprietary technology, they are able to test every single fish for its mercury content. If it doesn’t meet their purity standards they don’t buy it.  It still may be a good tuna, but it’s not a Safe Catch tuna.
  • In fact:
    • The limit for Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna is ten times (10x) stricter than the FDA mercury action limit.
    • The limit for Safe Catch Wild Albacore Tuna is two and a half times (2.5x) stricter than the FDA mercury action limit.

So why does Safe Catch test each fish?

Mercury levels between two individual tuna can vary widely even between two tuna of the same size, same school and from the same location. At Safe Catch, they have tested over 700,000 fish for mercury levels and tested wild tuna with mercury levels over 2 times higher than the FDA mercury limit of 1.0 parts per million (ppm). That’s why Safe Catch tests every single fish to strict mercury limits; they are the only brand that tests every single fish for mercury.

Moreover, Safe Catch Elite tuna tests as pure as wild salmon based on the reported mercury levels reported in wild salmon by the Karimi database (which is the largest peer reviewed database of mercury levels found in seafood).

*How much mercury is safe?

This question is impacted by many factors (age, weight, pregnancy) unique to you so we encourage you to talk to your trusted health professional.

Mercury is naturally occurring in the water and soil. Trace amounts occur naturally in all types of seafood and many other foods. The human body naturally processes mercury over time. The key is not to get exposed to high levels of mercury causing the body to accumulate mercury faster than the body can process it.

Due to increasing man-made pollution, mercury levels can vary widely even between individual fish of the same species, size and location. There are still plenty of really pure tuna in the sea. But, the only way to know the mercury level of a single fish is to test it.

Safe Catch tuna was launched because they want pregnant women, kids, athletes and everyone to feel great about eating tuna.

Omega 3’s:

Safe Catch tuna retains more Omega 3’s than conventional twice-cooked tuna. How is that?

Conventional twice-cooked tuna is made by putting the fish in large pre-cookers on open racks, machine processing it, rehydrating the precooked tuna in the can and cooking it again. As a result, conventional tuna lose many vital Omega 3 oils as the fish precook on racks and the oils drain away.  The machine processing also impairs natural flavor and texture.

At Safe Catch they do it differently. They hand cut and hand pack solid wild tuna steaks to seal in all the natural oils and nutrients and slow cook each one just once for an amazing taste. This is why you don’t want to drain Safe Catch tuna. Instead, empty the entire can/pouch into a bowl, chop up the steak and mix it.  The tuna will reabsorb its natural oils and juices for a moist and delicious taste. You can then eat it right out of the can or use it in your favorite recipe.

WHERE TO BUY:

You can purchase Safe Catch directly from their website, from Vitacost (where you will receive $10 off your first order), or at select retailers nationwide.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Tuna is one of those things I have gone in phases of eating throughout my life. I will eat a ton of it for a while, and then cut it out for months at a time. This is due to both the “board” factor, and me being pregnant and/or nursing for the past 6 years. Oh #momlife J.

However, ever since first being introduced to Safe Catch tuna, I’ve been hooked! And this is all while being pregnant! Not only is the line of Elite Tuna contain the lowest levels of mercury on the market – and is the official tuna of the American Pregnancy Association – Safe Catch also has tons of great tasting flavors to choose from, so it’s hard to get “bored”. They even have a whole list of recipes using their tuna on their website, so you’ll have lots of inspiration to go off of as well!

Made without added oils, water, fillers, preservatives, or GMO-Soy broth with Safe Catch, you are just getting pure wild tuna – and it’s great! Just empty the can into a bowl, mix everything together so the tuna reabsorbs any natural fish oils, and voila! Not only does it taste better, it’s better for you!

Looking for healthier foods to add to you lunch and/or dinner rotation, or just want a yummy and tasty snack? Then you should definitely check out the tuna from Safe Catch! Because it’s those small steps that make healthy living a lifestyle – so why not take one today?!

For more information about Safe Catch, please visit their website and check them out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

And don’t forget to CONTACT Healthy Fit Fab Moms today to learn how we can help you and your family live a healthy, fit, and fabulous life! Please LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to stay connected as well!

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