I was searching ways to eat within my budget, and came across a paleo article that suggested canned fish. I am looking primarily into sardine, anchovies, salmon, scallops, oysters, but seriously any sea food/protein is fine. I follow this guide for the most recommended fish: http://www.kidsafeseafood.org/best-choices-archive/
And for sure, like everyone else, I want to avoid mercury, BPA, and want authentic foods. But I also have to keep within my budget. Sustainability is also taken into consideration, but not as much as the other factors as I am desperate.
I am looking for a reliable brand that you guys like. Hopefully it's not too expensive. I buy my 100% grass fed beef for $12/lb, so I want a fish that's perhaps cheaper than that.
I am thinking of eating about 1-3 cans of fish per week, along with my small amount of meat and bunch of eggs. So I don't think I am eating too much.
I love Bar Harbor canned fish. These herring with cracked pepper are my favorite; at Amazon these are (if my math is right) about $7.50/pound, although I can occasionally get them at a local discount store for $2/can (they are 6.7 oz). Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is also an excellent choice, and is usually $2-$5/pound.
With respect to avoiding mercury in tuna, the less expensive chunk light types have significantly less mercury than solid white albacore. The small amount of tuna in my diet is the tongol tuna they sell at the healthfood store.
I buy individual servings of wild salmon and tuna by the case from Vital Choice. It's not cheap (~$5/can), but they work so well for packing for lunch or travel that I keep going back and ordering again and again!
I can get Sustainable Seas brand Tuna in BPA-free cans for $2.50 locally. Upwards of $3.50 online for multi-packs. It's 3 times the cost of cheap tuna, but had I known it was a steal for what it was I would have bought a few more cans for backup rations.
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