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Water Packed Tuna or Tuna In Oil?

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  • Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

There are varieties of tuna and they comes in all sorts of form, in can, in pouch and texture could be in chunk or flakes. Different types of tuna species contains different level of Omega 3 fatty acids. So, when it comes to so many types of form, in varieties of oils and water, or brine. Which is better?

 Choosing The Right Canned Tuna

To get the most Omega-3 fats from your canned tuna, choose water-packed over oil-packed. The oil mixes with some of the tuna's natural fat, so when you drain oil-packed tuna, some of its Omega-3 fatty acids also go down the drain. Since oil and water don't mix, water-packed tuna won't leach any of its precious Omega-3s. 

In overseas, water packed are much preferred than oil packed as they are more concern on the sodium level of the tuna. Body builders they usually choose water packed over oil packed. However, the choice of preferred are very much depends on the individuals. Water packed tuna are just plain water and tuna with nothing extra added. Thus, the taste are more bland and dry compared to tuna in oil. People use lemons juice or other spices to add more taste to the tuna. 

As for Tuna in Oil, different types of oil will have different taste, smell & nutritional values. People can use partial of the tuna's oil as part of their cooking preparations. For example, tuna porridge. By adding 2 tablespoons of the drained oil into the porridge for boiling, the texture will become smoother and softer. It is also shared that by using tuna in oil, the amount of mayonnaise used are near to half less than mixing with water packed tuna; which eventually makes tuna in oil mayo less fattening than water pack mayo. 

In a nutshell, choosing the canned tuna in oil or in water packed are very depends on personal preferences. Both packs are great source of lean protein which gives you a fuller feeling and it's essential for building muscle block for body builders. 


Tips: Nutrition expert Lisa De Fazio suggests forgoing mayo and instead mixing tuna with Greek yogurt and your favorite low-fat fixings. Serve it with rice cakes or whole grain crackers on a picnic or at the beach. 



Last modified on Friday, 06 March 2015 08:40

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