You deserve a prize if you can tell the type of fish these species belong to: Alalunga, Bigeye, Atlanticus, Macoyii, Skipjack, Tongol, Dogtooth, Frigate and Kawakawa.
Well? Did you pass the seafood connoisseur test?
I must admit to some cheating here. Perhaps it's easier if instead of Atlanticus I'd said Blackfin, and Bluefin instead of Macoyii. The one that would have certainly given it away is Albacore instead of Alalunga. And I didn't even mention Yellowfin or its scientific name Albacares.
So, did you guess it now?
If so, good for you. It's tuna, everyone's favorite go-to fish, particularly during the current hurricane season in the tropics, where the raw affordability and convenience of stacking up on those little, handy cans saves many a day when the lights go out. But truth be told, tuna is go-to anytime, everywhere.
The reason, aside from enabling fish consumption this easily and inexpensively, is tuna's high nutritional value. Fish in general is a fantastic source of protein, omega-3, antioxidants, and a range of vitamins and minerals. But in the case of tuna, not only do you get lots of those, you also get a type of selenium shown to be particularly beneficial in cancer prevention.
The one thing holding people back from consuming even more fish than we already do is, as you may know, the high levels of mercury found in those delicious swimming animals, the result of airborne industrial stuff that ends up on our oceans. Tuna ranks among those carrying the highest levels in fish kingdom, so the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends limiting tuna consumption to some three servings per week of the typical 4 ounce can.
The shame is that for you to benefit fully from the nutritional value, you should be eating about twice that, according to a thorough review by whfoods.org.
Clean tuna, pure oceans
Since every challenge is an opening for someone to come along with an innovation, the task was taken up by Safe Catch out of Sausalito, California, an admirable producer we at Homera are proud to count as our newest supplier and friend.
Not only does the Safe Catch team buy only from sustainable sources to preserve what they call ocean purity, but every single tuna they are handed undergoes a thorough onsite test, 10x stricter than the FDA's, to verify the level of mercury in that beautiful thing, and Safe Catch only purchases those with either zero mercury or safe, low levels. It is the only brand to go through these lengths. In the world.
That way, every little can you buy is (sorry, I couldn't help it) a safe catch. You can eat as much as your heart desires, which in fact is great for your heart and every other organ in your body, and more so for children and pregnant women. Parents magazine calls it "the tuna for kids," and such other publications as Inc and Muscle & Fitness have given the prduct raving endorsements. The American Pregnancy Association has declared Safe Catch the organization's official tuna. It has received Whole 30 approval, as well as the Paleo Certification.
In addition to the low-mercury standard, Safe Catch employs far less processing in its handling of the product, which ensures higher nutritional value and superior flavor. It hand cuts, slow cooks, and hand packs every tuna, with no additives or filters, and no added water or oils, which yields more raw tuna in each can than traditional producers. More bang for the buck, as it were.
It is no wonder that Safe Catch has received glorious independent reviews from sources in addition to those cited above, as a simple Google search will attest, and was selected as a featured product at this year's SPINS Expo for natural and organic brands.
The company's pure-ocean approach to catching tuna is done in conjunction with Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the world's leading organizations in ocean sustainability. Ocean purity, in fact, is the mission Safe Catch invites the world to join. We sure have, and we hope you do, as well.
Now, next time you feel like going on a Skipjack or Frigate trip, know that you can have a safe one, and go as often as you want.