5 Reasons To Eat Tuna For Breakfast

 
18-Apr-2012 by

Is tuna for breakfast healthyThe health benefits of tuna is one of the most discussed and debated topics among nutritionist and many health practitioners have been promoting consuming tuna for breakfast for several years now. If you still stick to fat laden animal meat for your morning meals, then here are some reasons why it is essential to include tuna in your breakfast menu at least once a month…

 

Benefits of eating Tuna for breakfast

 

1.Perfect morning booster to the brain

Tuna is one of the best-known sources of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an essential fatty vital for the proper growth and functioning of brain. Regular intake of tuna in the morning improves concentration and cognitive capabilities, allowing a person to be more productive through the day.

 

2.Improves mood

Tuna being a good source of complete proteins is rich in tryptophan – a precursor to the neurotransmitter protein serotonin. This protein is involved in positive mood modulation and helps to elevate mood and act as natural stress buster for a person happy, a necessity in the high work pressure world of today.  

 

 

3.Prevents degenerative and inflammatory diseases

Both EPA and DHA (abundantly found in tuna) play a major anti-inflammatory role and help in protecting the cells from free radical damage. Apart from these fatty acids, nutrients like selenium play an important role in prevent aging of cells particularly in the nerve tissue. These antioxidant compounds present collectively prevent incidence and in rare cases even reverse the progression of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and age related Macular degeneration.

 

4.Protects against cancers

Tuna is rich in a plethora of anti cancer nutrients such as selenium, essential fatty acids, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B complex, to name a few. These nutrients work together to prevent a series of cancers including breast cancer and lower the risk of leukemia, multiple myeloma, renal cell carcinoma, and non-hodgkins lymphoma.

 

5.Cardio-protective benefits

Presence of high levels of selenium and omega fatty acids, combined with presence of lean protein and low saturated fat content in tuna provide a strong cardio protection and help prevent heart ailments like hypertension, atherosclerosis,  heart arrhythmia, plaque formation, etc. which in turn prevent major conditions like stroke heart attack.

 

 

Tuna and avocado open sandwichTips to include Tuna in breakfast

 

Tuna sandwich need not be the only way to include this fish in your morning meal. There a number of simple yet delicious ways to eat breakfast tuna, here are a few ideas…

 

  • Creamed tuna with muffins: Muffins are a favorite for breakfast and tuna is one healthy choice to include in the morning meal. Creamed tuna with muffins makes for a perfect combination of health and taste. What’s more, this recipe combines the goodness of veggies too. Do try it.

 

  • Tuna and eggs: Combine bits of tuna with the perfect breakfast food – eggs.  There is a whole lot of scope to experiment with this combination from simple tuna frittatas to more elaborate tuna Benedict the options are many.

 

  • Quick crispy grilled tuna:  Fast, easy, and simple, all you need to do is grill some fillets of tuna over high flame along with some veggies and season with herbs and spices. Serve with eggs and bread and your big breakfast is ready.

 

 

  • Tuna in pita bread:  Give a twist to your regular tuna sandwich, stuff pita breads (pocket breads) with bits of tuna, salad leaves, and dips of your choice and you are ready to dig in.  

 

If environmental pressure due to Tuna fishing is the reason for you avoiding this fish then fret not for aquaculture tuna is fast catching up. This variety, known as Kindai tuna is much healthier, free of seawater pollutants, and does not affect the natural flora and fauna of the ocean.

 

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