New in the Market: Tonnino Tuna

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 20, 2017 · 1 comment

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Tonnino Tuna sourced from Costa Rica offers wild caught, dolphin-safe, yellowfin tuna fillets hand-packed in glass jars (6.7 ounce). The tuna fillets can not only be used in a traditional tuna salad but the large pieces make it ideal to top a salad, pasta dish, pizza, to use in a sandwich or to make canapes. Eight varieties are available. We tasted two.

Tuna Ventresca In Olive Oil is made from the creamy underbelly of the fish and has a mild taste. It is considered by some to be the best tuna in the world. We can confirm the taste was excellent. A 2 ounce serving has 110 calories, 5 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 3 grams of carb and 190 milligrams of sodium.

Tuna Fillets With Capers and Garlic In Olive Oil offers a pleasant Mediterranean taste to the tuna fillets. A 2 ounce serving has 100 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, no carb and 240 milligrams of sodium.

Tonnino recently added canned tuna to its line in flip-top cans (4.94-ounce). Two varieties are available and we tasted both. The look and texture of the canned varieties were more like traditional tuna brands but the taste was excellent and there was no fishy smell when the flip-tops were opened.

Yellowfin Tuna Solid Pack In Olive Oil has 130 calories in a 3 ounce serving with 5 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, no carb and 204 milligrams of potassium, and 270 milligrams of sodium.

Yellowfin Tuna Solid Pack In Spring Water has 90 calories in a 3 ounce serving with 0.5 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, no carb, 273 milligrams of potassium, and 214 milligrams of sodium.

Because yellowfin tunafish are younger and smaller than larger varieties of tuna, such as albacore, Tonnino tuna is lower in mercury. The canned varieties state less than 0.5 ppm (parts per million) on the label.

On the company’s website you can trace the origins of the Tonnino tuna you buy by inputting the expiration date and package code.

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