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Is Eating Eggs With Tuna & Relish Healthy?

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Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.
Is Eating Eggs With Tuna & Relish Healthy?
Tuna is an excellent source of lean protein. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

If you choose the right kind of relish and don't add lots of fattening mayonnaise, eating eggs with tuna and relish can be quite healthy. Eggs in particular are a potent source of nutrients, while both tuna and eggs provide plenty of beneficial protein. Relish provides a flavor boost without significantly upping the calorie content of your meal. Serve on a bed of greens for a nutritious low-carb lunch or dinner.

Eggs

Protein makes you feel full, preventing later food cravings. The 6 g of protein in one large egg is a step towards the 46 to 56 g of protein that most adults should consume each day. Eat two eggs, and you'll be satisfying almost a quarter of the daily recommended intake. An egg also has 5 g of fat, including cholesterol. However, a 1999 study published in "The Journal of the American Medical Association" found that egg consumption is not related to heart disease. Eating an egg or two with tuna and relish won't add many calories to your diet, as each egg provides only 71 calories.

Tuna

Prepare tuna with eggs, and you're setting the stage for a high-protein meal. If you are on a low-carb diet, eating eggs, tuna and relish can help to satisfy your appetite without adding many carbs if you eat it without bread. A 2-oz. serving of water-packed tuna provides 15 g of protein and only 1 g of fat, no carbohydrates and just 70 calories. Combine this with two eggs and a bit of relish with no added sugar, and you have approximately 225 calories, 29 g of protein and no carbs.

Relish

There are many different types of relishes, the most common being pickle relish. Most pickle relishes on a supermarket shelf are sweet pickle relishes, but if you are trying to cut down on carbs, choose dill pickle relish instead. A tablespoon of dill relish provides no calories or carbs, while the same amount of sweet relish provides 20 calories and 5 g of carbs, all of which are due to sugar. Consumption of refined sugar has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and general inflammation in the body.

Healthy Preparation

Eggs, tuna and relish are often combined with mayonnaise to make tuna salad. Mayonnaise can turn a high-protein, healthy meal into one that is quite fattening. Just one tablespoon of mayonnaise provides 100 calories, all of which are from fat. If you are using eggs, tuna and relish to prepare tuna salad, choose low-fat or reduced-fat mayonnaise, which often has 35 or fewer calories per tablespoon. Better yet, use mustard in your tuna and egg salad to provide more flavor along with healthy turmeric and very few calories.

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