Sunday 4 December 2016

Shopping Around: Tinned tuna

Published 29/09/2011 | 05:00

This week we turn our attention to a cupboard staple; tinned tuna. The ingredients in all are the same; tuna, oil and salt, with SuperValu adding water to their list. We scored on taste, while also taking into account salt content and price.

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M&S tuna steak in sunflower oil, 220g

Price: €1.99 (€9.95/Kg)

Verdict: This tuna was the dearest of the five by a mile, but we liked the taste. It has the second lowest salt content (1g per 100g), so it doesn't taste as salty as some of the others, but still has good flavour. The fish is from the Maldives and produced in Thailand.

Score: 7 / 10

Lidl nixe tuna steak in sunflower oil, 185g

Price: €0.89 (€4.81 / Kg)

Verdict: This tin doesn't show any nutritional values, which we'd prefer, but it isn't too salty and tastes good. It's the only tin that has a ring pull and it's second cheapest. Produced in Ghana, the tuna is labelled as 'Atlantic Ocean skipjack'.

Score: 6.5 / 10

Aldi ocean rise tuna steak in sunflower oil, 200g

Price: €0.95 (€4.75 / Kg)

Verdict: This tuna is quite salty but tastes fine. Salt content is second highest of those listed at 1.24g per 100g. The 'catching area' is indicated as the west Pacific Ocean. This one is the cheapest of the five.

Score: 5 / 10

Tesco tuna chunks in sunflower oil, 185g

Price: €0.99 (€5.35 / Kg)

Verdict: This tuna contains the lowest amount of salt at 0.8g per 100g, but we didn't find it flavoursome. However, it does comes third on price. It is produced in Spain.

Score: 5 / 10

Supervalu tuna in sunflower oil, 185g

Price: €1.09 (€5.89 / Kg)

Verdict: This comes in second dearest and contains the most salt at 1.5g per 100g. It tastes salty too. It is a product of Thailand.

Score: 4.5 / 10

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