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Why You Should Fully Drain The Tuna Can For Tuna Salad
Canned tuna is packaged in oil or water and typically comes from one of five species: albacore, skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye, or bluefin. While there is nothing wrong with eating the entire contents of the can or mixing it straight into the salad, there are health reasons why it should be fully drained.
Water-based canned tuna, generally known as chunk light and often made with skipjack mixed with yellowfin, is considered an excellent choice for tuna salad, since it is the lightest and flakiest type of tuna. Unfortunately, it contains a high amount of salt, so it is best to drain the liquid to remove excess sodium and prevent soggy tuna sandwiches.
On the other hand, oil-based canned tuna fish is more likely to mix well with other tuna salad ingredients, yet it's still quite moist, has a more fishy flavor, and contains three times the calorie amount. Draining the oil cuts down on excess calories for weight-conscious consumers, but there may be a loss of nutrition, so it is best to partner it with healthy olive or avocado-packing oils.