Brain Food: Affordable and Smart Finals Snacking

As finals season arrives and college students retreat to library cubicles, many search for anything to help them survive those next few weeks – and to come out on top! Consider canned tuna; affordable, versatile, convenient – and an essential ingredient in an “intellectually nutritious diet.” Researchers recognize that several nutrients found in fish may positively affect the brain, including improving memory, concentration and performance. 

Joseph Hibbeln, who heads the nutritional neurochemistry section for the National Institutes of Health, has found new research on DHA omega-3 fatty acids – good fats found in fish. According to Hibbeln, there may be negative consequences to “seafood deficient diets.” Studies show that brain health dramatically improves by increasing DHA omega-3s, which makes brain membranes flexible and optimizes electrical signaling… aka… helps ace those Chemistry finals!

The omega-3s found in tuna can provide students with a brain boost that allows them to power through exams.Ideal for college students’ hectic and budget-conscious lifestyle, canned tuna is one of the most convenient, versatile and affordable protein source for those refueling study breaks. Here are a few more reasons:

  • Ready to Eat:Tuna can easily be incorporated into a variety of meals or snacks. Perfect to spread on crackers, include in a salad or add to a sandwich or pita, tuna can be a delicious and easy option.
  • On the Run:Available in a variety of on-the-go convenient packaging options including individual serving cups, pouches and in ready-to-serve flavors like lemon-pepper or Thai, tuna is easily transported. The individual pouches are perfect for evening study groups or grab-and-go backpack snacks.
  • Hunger Buster:Research shows that eating protein-rich foods like canned tuna for lunch can help with satiety and slow down digestion keeping you fuller longer. Focus on studying and not a growling stomach!
  • Food for the Times:Tuna is a great substitute for fatty meats and full-fat dairy products, which are higher in saturated fats and trans fatty acids. As a high-protein, low-calorie and nutrient-rich food, tuna also provides a variety of health benefits sure to keep you energized and healthy this winter.

For more information, questions or to speak with an expert, feel free to contact

Colleen Hart

For the U.S. Tuna Council