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What is that Soy Doing in My Tuna?

Monday, October 21, 2013

I eat tuna almost every week. Lots of protein. Low fat. Very convenient. Lasts in the can for years. Albacore has more mercury and heavy metals than the chunk light, so I savor the albacore as a special treat. Yum. Don't even have to have mayo any more. Just plain. Or with stoplight (green/yellow/red) bell peppers - grilled or roasted if I have time. Sometimes I mix in some white beans for a really satisfying meal. Chopped radishes or celery or onion or cucumber or combo can be good in it. Sometimes on a bed of baby spinach or lettuces. Occasionally a hard boiled egg or a touch of dill relish or maybe a bit of sweet relish for a change.

I've tried lots of eating plans and different diets over the years, but I haven't tried the paleo approach. I was reading some blogs recently and was shocked to read that canned tuna doesn't qualify for paleo because it has soy in it. I ran to my food cabinet. The ingredients on the can state, "white tuna, water, vegetable broth, salt." Looks good. But then I'd never noticed it says, "Contains: tuna, soy." I searched the web for an explanation. I read that the soy is in the broth. Well, now, what is it doing there? I feel tricked again by the food companies.
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    I didn't know that either. Bummer! emoticon
    1544 days ago
    1547 days ago
    Oof, I'm going to have to look at my labels. Those food companies can be quite sneaky!
    1547 days ago
    This is why there should be better regulation in the food industry and an actual nutrition education system in public schools.
    1548 days ago
    I don't eat a lot but I keep a few of those pouches in the pantry for occasional use- same thing!
    Not that I mind soy (I know some women are supposed to avoid it) but I wonder what purpose it serves.
    My husband was in the fresh tuna business for many years and he can't think of why.
    1548 days ago
    There are so many ingredients that don't belong in our food!

    Had no idea about the soy in tuna! I think there is soy or corn in almost everything these days.

    I wonder why there is soy. Seems unnecessary
    1548 days ago
    Oh... my... goodness! Made me go look. And I normally think of myself as a pretty careful label reader... sure enough, there it is!
    1548 days ago
    Love your ideas for jazzing up my tuna!! (Gonna have to check that label, however . . . ).

    Also loved your comments on my "gene fairy" blog . . . the things we did to lose weight before resigning ourselves to the "move more eat less" reality!! And yup, the simple solution continues to be tough tough tough -- just less tough than the alternatives!
    1548 days ago
    You didn't name names but I just looked at BumbleBee canned tuna and the label reads exactly as you describe! However, their canned salmon has no "broth", so you might consider switching from tuna to salmon, especially if this is an industry-wide standard way of canning tuna "in water".

    From what I've read, canned wild salmon is also lower in mercury than any kind of tuna so that's another reason to switch. Sardines are also good and need nothing added (although I've found the flavor varies greatly between brands).
    1548 days ago
    Wow--I also like my tuna, and I had no idea.
    1548 days ago
    "Stoplight peppers", haven't heard that before - I love it!
    Wow, so strange. Why is it so uncommon to find food in it's natural state?!
    1548 days ago
    emoticon Since I favor a high soy diet myself, I wouldn't call it "garbage"... but I do think transparency in the food industry is extremely important. If we really knew about the industrial food biz I bet more of us would be vegan, annoyingly difficult as that seems.

    1548 days ago
    Have you tried the tuna in the packages? It does not have as much liquid as the cans do, but a little more expensive. I have found mixing greek yogurt in the tuna instead of mayonnaise or miracle whip is very satisfying. Corporations and the government seem to taken the attitude they can do whatever they want.
    1548 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Oh those hidden ingredients!! Even the most experienced label reader can get caught! I will stick to my fresh or frozen diet. Have not added fish, although I wouldn't mind a baked Alaska salmon once in a while, someone would have to cook it for me lol. I did like tuna when I tried it too. I never go out to eat by myself but maybe I should consider it just to get a fish serving in. Mom prefers Asian restaurants which will have shrimp (which I don't like) but not generally fish on the menu.
    As with anything canned, if you don't want the liquid its in, you can always rinse it off if possible.

    1548 days ago
    Sneaky people! Whatever it takes to sell a can of tuna.
    1548 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I think it is disgusting how the food industry TRIES to feed us garbage...most people don't have a chance!

    I don't eat a lot of tuna though, so guess I am glad of that
    1548 days ago
    The food companies think we are their personal guinea pigs. It's sinful what they are allowed to do to our food.
    1548 days ago
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