The tuna aisle can be confusing! Most people buy what they always have, but there are some differences:
Light Tuna – There are a variety of fish that fall in the “light tuna” category. This tuna typically comes from either Skipjack or Yellowfin tuna. The meat is darker in color – somewhere between a light tan and tan-ish pink. It has a soft texture and is more flavorful than white meat tuna. Typically it is found in a “chunk” pack, which means it is small pieces of the fish loin that have been chopped up. It may be packed in water or a vegetable oil. From a nutritional perspective it is slightly lower in fat than Albacore (White) tuna and therefore is slightly lower in Omega-3s. Light tuna is great for tuna salad sandwiches, tuna melts and because it adds a nice flavor and texture and the small pieces mix easily with the other ingredients.
White Tuna (Albacore) – The only species of fish that can be called “White Tuna” is Albacore. It is white to light pink in color and has a fairly firm texture. The flavor is mild; it has a very mild fish flavor. It may be sold as a solid pack – a nice tuna fillet or large pieces of fish– or it may be a chunk style, similar to the light tuna product. From a nutritional perspective it is a little higher in fat and may have more Omega-3 fatty acids than a light tuna. Albacore tuna is perfect on fresh salads, appetizers or any dish where you want to see beautiful pieces of fish and want the flavors of the dish to stand out!
BE MINDFUL and try to buy the low sodium variety of both light and white tuna!
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