I don't like tuna except for the Albacore which is really expensive!! I don't usually buy it, but I prefer pouches on the rare occasion that I do. However, I believe the cans are suppose to say what the tuna itself weighs.
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I love the pouches. No draining. One serving. Plus, I can usually get them on sale and I get a lot of checkout coupons for them as well. They store easily. But, the best part is, I can have a tuna one day and something else the next day and not have any left over.
Though, a previous poster is correct, the calories in the small cans really isn't that much.
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I am thinking of switching to the pouches instead of the cans. Even though they are more expensive, if the actual amount of tuna is the same as in the cans, then they are not such a bad deal. I understand that the labels reflect what is actually in the can; I just think there should be a way to tell how much is water and how much is actual product, whatever it is, not just tuna. It seems to me over the years that sauces have also become more watery. How else can you compare unit prices?
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I love the pouches, but they are over twice the price. I know the smaller cans of tuna (I buy the chunk light of whatever brand is on sale), say it is 2 servings, but the entire amount is only about 100 calories. I often shop at Aldi and have avoided their canned tuna because of the amount of water- it seems like so much more liquid than the name brands, but I think I will also drain them and see the actual difference. GREAT IDEA!!!
The number on the package includes the liquid it is packaged in. Technically the only thing subtracted is the known weight of the packaging material (can). The serving size and weights in the nutritional label will often say "drained" and the number of servings per container seems to (in the cases I looked at) reflect the actual amount of drained tuna rather than the full weight.
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I think that technically, they're just revealing the weight of the total contents, food and liquid combined, so they're within the law. It makes one wonder what the nutrition information is based on. I had that thought with canned chickpeas and black beans, which have a lot of liquid that I drain off. Does the weight of the serving include some of that liquid?
Has anyone ever considered how much tuna is actually in a can of tuna? Well, recently I was making tuna salad and being the good Spark person I am, I weighed the tuna. My 12 ounce can of tuna actually held six ounces of fish once the water drained. Well, today, I needed a large batch of tuna salad so I bought three different brands of tuna, drained the water, pressed the tuna between paper towels to get out as much moisture as possible and weighed each brand.
The admittedly totally unscientific results were: Chicken of the Sea, 190 grams; StarKist, 200 grams; and the cheaper store brand, 210 grams. Please note that the original brand, Bumblebee, was not pressed between paper towels to remove the excess water so if I measured again using that method, the BumbleBee would probably weigh less than 170 as the paper towels seemed to remove about an ounce of water weight.
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