Water Packed Tuna Vs. Tuna in Oil

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When buying canned tuna, some people always wonder if it is better to buy tuna packed in oil or in water. The short answer is that it depends on your personal preference.

The Calorie Question

One of the benefits of having canned tuna that is packed in water is that it is lower in calories than tuna. However, studies have shown that if the oil is drained off and the tuna mixed with one tablespoon of mayonnaise, the result has fewer calories than tuna packed in water mixed with two tablespoons of mayonnaise.

Health Benefits and Concerns

When comparing the health benefits of tuna in oil and tuna in water, tuna in oil has more protein, more total fat and less omega-3 fatty acids. Tuna in water has more vitamin A, more calcium and more cholesterol. The health distinctions of tuna packed in oil or water are marginal.

The Taste Factor

When it comes to the taste factor, this is an individual preference. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many individuals prefer the taste and texture of the tuna when it is packed in oil.

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