After conducting tests on students who regularly consumed canned tuna, the researchers found small doses of mercury in their bodies.
Mercury is a chemical element harmful to human health. To conduct the study, the scientists used student hair samples, 54 percent of which consumed tuna three times a week, which may already be above the dose of methyl-mercury considered safe by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Seven of the participants admitted eating tuna 20 times a week. Myra Finkelstein, an adjunct professor at the institution, said that the results did not necessarily mean that students suffered the effects of toxicity, but that at such a level of consumption it is advisable to reduce mercury exposure.
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