Do You Prefer Water or Oil-Based Tuna?

United States
March 29, 2016 6:51am CST
Such a question could probably be modified and asked of other foods or even of other items. But as to tuna... Which do you prefer? Why? Personally, I much prefer oil-based. Surprised? Here's why... The oil better preserves the freshness and flavor of the tuna. Have you ever opened a can of water-based tuna? Honestly, don't you have to admit it's pretty much mush? I don't buy albacore white because I've heard (whether rightly or not) that it contains more mercury than yellowfin tuna. I get solid tuna. I open the can, but leave the lid in the can, and press slightly to drain off excess oil. Then I use it, more often than not by combining with mayonnaise and eating it as a sandwich, or plain, on crackers, or just with a fork. How 'bout you?
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@DWDavis (10774)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Mar 16
I do not eat tuna but my wife does. As far as I know, she prefers the water based but I really haven't paid much attention.
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• United States
29 Mar 16
I think the water-based stuff is more popular (in general) among women.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
29 Mar 16
I buy the water based. The cats get the liquid part. LOL
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• United States
29 Mar 16
I do think more women than men prefer water-base. I like your reasoning on the cats. The liquid part has to be a real treat for them. Incidentally, I think cat wet food (let's face it, guts) is in the same ballpark pricewise as tuna.
@marlina (71240)
• Canada
29 Mar 16
I prefer the oil based tuna, the water based tuna has no taste to me.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
29 Mar 16
I like the oil one, too
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@LdeL0318 (6467)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
I prefer the oil-based. It's tastier.
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@cacay1 (32537)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar 16
Nice, I prefer oil based tuna, so yummy with small slices celery and parsley.
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@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
I have no preference, If I like tuna or any other thing for that matter, I would not really care if it's oil or water based, I would gladly indulge on whatever is available or offered.
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@silvermist (19802)
• India
29 Mar 16
@KuznVinny I too think the oil based one is better.But I never use canned Tuna.So I can't add anything more.
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@hereandthere (28864)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
yes, i remember someone telling me to buy tuna in oil because the mayo will "stick to it better"
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@mammots (3282)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
I prefer spicy hot tuna in oil. I like to eat it with a dash of lime juice if i eat it straight from the can. I like it sauteed with lots of garlic and onions and tomatoes.
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@marguicha (90355)
• Chile
9 Oct
I prefer oil based, but water based is healthier. So. most of the time, I buy the water-based one.
• United States
30 Mar 16
I used to like the water packed one when watching calories but I've come to prefer the oil packed tuna now. I also appreciate that the one packed in oil actually IS packed in oil if you read the ingredients listed on the can. The ones packed in water are actually packed in water and soy (which they somehow get away with calling vegetable broth), and that can be an issue for people with a soy allergy. I find that rather sneaky and misleading that it says it is packed in water on the front of the can but the back lists additional things.