What To Expect From unMEAT's New Plant-Based Tunas

Canned tuna became popular in the early 1900s as a substitute for sardines, according to Canned-Tuna. The protein took off as a nutritious and filling food, often used to feed soldiers fighting in wars. By 1954, the United States was reportedly the top producer and consumer of tuna around the world. Businesswire reports that canned tuna is still the most commonly enjoyed canned food in America, but it's definitely not suitable for anyone following a plant-based diet.

There are already a variety of plant-based meat substitutes available from the unMEAT brand, including burgers, ground and lunch "meat," nuggets, and sausages, per the website. The vegan food company is based in the Philippines, but its products — which are all made with 10 ingredients or fewer — are sold in select areas of the United States, as well as online. Now, with the release of their fish-free tunas, unMEAT will allow vegetarians, vegans, and flexitarians to enjoy the mimicked taste of tuna.

Fish-free seafood for plant-based diets

The unMEAT Tuna Style Flakes will be sold in three varieties: tuna in sunflower oil, tuna in water, and a hot & spicy flavor, per the unMEAT website. Each variety is made of non-GMO soy proteins and is egg-free and trans-fat-free. Each can is only 100 calories and contains 6 grams of protein. It also contains zero mercury — something that can be found in canned tuna (via Businesswire).

unMEAT suggests using their tuna in anything you would have used the fish for originally: casseroles, sandwiches, and an extra punch of protein in salads. Businesswire reports that the goal was to mimic the taste and feel of real tuna for a seamless substitution, and in a taste test, it was actually preferred over real tuna by two out of three consumers.

If you want to try unMEAT's new tuna, you can order it online through their website, or check out the website's store locator to find it near you.