Tuna has it all. That’s why it’s the Wonderfish! It’s officially America’s most popular fish. Tuna is rich in protein, low in saturated fat and calories and a natural source of omega-3s and vitamin D. Good for your heart. Good for your brain. Great for lunch, snacks or dinner. (Check out who agrees here and here).
Did you know…
- Americans ate an average of 2.5 pounds of tuna fish per person in 2009.
- 83% of adults report making tuna fish sandwiches.
- 56% of adults report potato chips as their favorite side to eat with tuna and 47% report a fruit or vegetable.
- Other ways adults who like tuna sandwiches also eat tuna include pasta or casserole dishes (40 percent) or salads (28 percent). Seventeen percent say they eat tuna right out of the can or pouch.
- One of the most popular ways tuna lovers eat tuna is with a “crunch.” The most common additions to tuna, beyond mayo (73 percent), include onions (41 percent), lettuce (40 percent), celery (27 percent) or pickle (25 percent).
- The most popular kind of canned and pouch tuna? Chunk, light tuna in water. Light tuna (in water and oil) accounts for 68% of annual domestic canned and pouch tuna consumption. Albacore, or white tuna, accounts for the rest.
- People eat more tuna in the summertime – nearly 30 percent of tuna eating occasions are during the summer.
- A two ounce serving of canned tuna in water contains about a quarter of your daily protein needs for less than 75 calories.
- The American Heart Association says eat at least two servings of fish each week. But, only 10% of women meet this goal.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends pregnant and breastfeeding women eat up to 12 ounces – about 2-3 meals – each week of a variety of fish and shellfish, including tuna. As much as half (six ounces) of this fish each week can be albacore tuna.
- The word tuna dates back only to 1880, and comes from the Spanish American derivation of the English counterpart, tunny. It’s derived from the Latin Thunnus.
- A tuna fish can swim up to 55 miles per hour and is always in motion.
- One hungry tuna eats up to ten percent of its body weight daily.
- Bluefin tuna – the focus of vigorous conservation efforts – is not used in commercial canned and pouch tuna products. America’s tuna companies support the U.S. and global calls for a moratorium on fishing blue fin in the Mediterranean.
- Skipjack tuna stocks, used to make light tuna, are among the healthiest and most carefully managed in the world.
- The majority of Albacore stocks are generally healthy and well managed. However, albacore from the north Atlantic requires stronger management measures to return them to a healthier, more sustainable state. Only about 10% of commercial albacore tuna is sourced from these stocks and is done so in compliance with current conservation measures.