Pick of the bunch
Which tinned tuna is best?
Oily fish like salmon and tuna contain omega-3 fats, which promote heart health and reduced inflammation. Canned varieties are an easy affordable option, but the choice is bewildering.
We set out to provide some insight by comparing three varieties within a single brand. Pams was the brand chosen simply because it was the only brand, which had all three varieties of plain tuna at the time of purchase.
Fish oil is promoted for a whole range of health reasons, and salmon, sardines, and tuna are our most common food sources in New Zealand. Cans are the next best thing after fresh fish, but increasingly the fish is drowned in high sugar, high salt sauces. With plain varieties, it is important to note the following: if canned in oil, the oil is NOT fish oil – it is vegetable oil such as olive or sunflower. If canned in brine, the salt (sodium) content will be higher.
Since many people worry about the mercury content of canned fish, first choose a trusted brand. Then go for varieties canned in spring water as these deliver the omega-3 fats that are beneficial to health without the added fat or salt. ❚
Products are tested by Bronwen King and a randomly selected group.