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Difference between white tuna and albacore tuna?

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by Master Moron, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. Master Moron

    Master Moron Well-Known Member

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    Is there any significant difference between white tuna and albacore tuna?
     
  2. Bud the C.H.U.D.

    Bud the C.H.U.D. Active Member

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    About a buck a can (*rimshot*). :lol:

    Seriously though, I gave albacore a try, and was relieved to find that it didn't taste hugely different than chunk light (I always eat Chicken of the Sea). Some improvement in taste/texture, sure. If you're eating it straight out of the can and can afford it, it might be worth your $$$.

    I'm broke, though, and I add lemon juice, Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish and 1 teaspoon mayo (yes, whole, sinful, real mayonnaise :spank:), to mine so it's not really worth it to me.

    Nutritionally, there's no difference whatsoever that I can recall from the label. 6.5 oz of pure canned fish protein is 6.5 oz of pure canned fish protein.

    edit: Oh, you were asking about between white and albacore, not light. That I don't know. I have seen cans that say "White Albacore", though, so I'd assume there's no difference. Plus alba is Latin for "white", so that's another clue that they might be the same.....yes, I am wearing my nerd hat right now.
     
  3. JoeSchmo

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    Albacore is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, but it also tends to have higher concentrations of mercury.
     
  4. 1FastGTX

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    The biggest difference I know is this: albacore tastes much worse. :)
     
  5. Master Moron

    Master Moron Well-Known Member

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    Hmmmm...looking at the cans in my cupboard, one says Chunk Light tuna, the other says Solid White Albacore. Sorry if I confused you. I think I actually confused myself too. I really should have read the cans BEFORE I posted. Anyway, the Chunk Light one is the darker, pinkish one. I personally think the Chunk Light one tastes better. I never actually noticed that there was a price difference.

    Which kind do they normally use in sandwich shops like Subway?
     
  6. Gordo

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    Chunk Light is usually skipjack, cheaper, just as good for you as a protein source and contains less potential for mercury since they fish younger skipjack and it's a smaller tuna species overall.

    Since they survive based on profit, I would have to guess chunk light
     
    #6 Gordo, Dec 1, 2006
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