Sunday 24 September 2017

Shopping Around: Mackerel in sunflower oil

We're always being advised to eat more fish so this week we tasted tinned mackerel fillets, a handy cupboard staple. All are in sunflower oil and contain just the fish, oil and salt, although both Lidl and Aldi's ingredient list includes water too. They all carry the 'certified sustainable seafood MSC' logo. We scored on taste, nutritional values (particularly salt content) and price.

Aldi Ocean Rise Mackerel Fillets in Sunflower Oil, 120g

€0.63 (€5.25 / Kg)

Verdict: These tasted nice, weren't salty and were the cheapest of the lot. But the calorie count per 100g (drained) was well above the others at 492 and the protein content was lowest of those listed at 17.4g per 100g. However, the salt content was the lowest listed at 0.33g per 100g, so good if you're watching your salt intake.

Score: 7.5 / 10

Lidl Nixe mackerel Fillets In Sunflower oil, 125g

€0.69 (€5.52 / Kg)

Verdict: These also tasted lovely, didn't taste too salty and are in joint second best position on price. But no nutritional values are listed so we docked a point for that.

Score: 6.5 / 10

John West Mackerel Fillets in Sunflower Oil, 125g

€1.45 approx (€11.60 / Kg)

Verdict: Yes, these are the dearest by a mile and do taste salty, having as they do the highest salt content listed (1g per 100g).

However protein content was highest at 20g per 100g and the calorie count was lowest at 260 per 100g. We loved the taste though. And while the fish tasted quite salty but you also get that sea taste, which we enjoyed.

Score: 6 / 10

Tesco Mackerel Fillets in Sunflower Oil, 125g

€0.69 (€5.25 / Kg)

Verdict: These have the second highest protein content at 19.7g per 100g. The calorie count and salt content were both second highest. Not our favourite to taste, and they were salty.

Score: 5.5 / 10

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