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Which Is Better For You - Tuna In Vegetable Oil Or In Water?

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Tuna in vegetable oil tastes better, but is filled with fat and calories

Tuna is a very healthy fish, we all know that but then rarely do you find people eating fresh tuna these days, it is almost always canned tuna. And here comes the problem; which tuna is better – tuna in vegetable oil or the tuna canned in water? To resolve all your queries about canned tuna I am going to compare the pros and cons of both, tuna packed in vegetable oil and tuna packed in water.

Canned tuna in Vegetable oil: If you are talking in terms of taste only then tuna in vegetable oil seems to get a thumbs up. The tuna seems to retain much of its flavor, taste, and texture when packed in oil. Some claim that oil packed tuna can be eaten directly from the can, thus making it a perfect food on the go. Also, some suggest that the omega 3 fatty acids in the tuna are better retained in oil packed tuna. However, the weight watchers need to consider the extra calories and fat content present in oil packed tuna. Moreover, the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are of any value only if the vegetable oil used in the canning is of good quality; in case cheap vegetable oil has been used, the presence of harmful fatty acids in the oil will almost nullify the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids in the fish.

Many consider Tuna in water as a healthier optionCanned tuna in water: Tuna canned in water, many believe, tends to dry out faster and does not go very well with mayonnaise based dressings. But tuna in water is rarely mushy or oily; plus the tuna in water can be easily drained and used in whatever dressing you like. In case you prefer the taste of oil in the tuna, many recommend draining the water and adding an oil of your choice for a better taste. Moreover, water packed tuna is way lower in calories and fat content, and very well retains the omega 3 fatty acids present in the tuna.

Thus, I would like to conclude that the choice between tuna in vegetable oil and tuna in water is highly personal. If you look only from the taste perspective then tuna in oil is preferred by most, however from the health point of view one would surely recommend tuna packed in water. So choose the one that best suits your needs and wants.

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Which Is Better For You - Tuna In Vegetable Oil Or In Water?