Thursday, March 27, 2008

Canned Tuna Fish Contains Soy!

I am so naive! I thought canned tuna fish contained tuna and water. Even after all this time of reading labels, I can't believe I am still so clueless to skip labels of things I assume I know what they contain.

We rarely eat tuna, but I had a few cans sitting around that I did not want to go to waste. I actually have 2 brands of White Albacore Tuna (Chicken of the Sea AND Bumble Bee) and they both have the same ingredient list:

Tuna, Water, Veg Broth (containing soy), Salt and Pyrophosphate

While I am on the subject of unwanted ingredients, what the heck is Pyrophosphate??

This does solve a problem for me though. Right after my son tested Negative for a fish allergy, I gave him some tuna and I thought he had a reaction. Duh! It was the soy. I had no idea so I ended up having him retested to clear tuna before he had any more fish. I totally missed that!

7 comments:

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

Oh, Wow! I just caught up on your dietary distress and boy, do I feel for you. I am so thankful our little guy is only allergic to dairy and that soy has not been a problem for us because you are absolutely right, it's either dairy or soy IN EVERYTHING!!!!!! Have you been in touch with "Cooking for Mara"? I believe she deals with both soy and dairy allergies?

Anyway, good luck! I'll be checking in on you again...

Julie B said...

yes, the soy in tuna is annoying! We did find a soy-free light tuna-I think its Wegman's brand but I'll have to double-check that.
The soy allergy is the worst...I think its the one thing I would love Mara to outgrow (and of course its the one she's most sensitive to) We have given up on almost all processed foods because of it.

Oh-and just an fyi...Ians makes fish sticks that are soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and free of a bunch of other allergens as well. My girls love them, and we always keep a box in the freezer for emergency quick meals :)

Gaile said...

Kirkland brand albacore tuna at costco has only tuna, water, and salt, and is much higher quality - and cheaper.

Anonymous said...

I just caught this board while searchin for gluten free tuna on the Web.
I had a reaction to tuna today at lunch - mild but unmistakable and I couldn't figure it out - never realized tuna contained gluten! I'll be on the lookout for gluten free - I'm so glad I came across your discussion!

Anonymous said...

4.18.09 - i just urchased Kirkland tuna fish from Costco - it contains white tuna, water, salt and PYROPHOSPHATE! FYI.

Anonymous said...

My daughter has a soy allergy, but loves tuna sandwiches! We found canned tuna @ Whole Foods and Trader Joes that does not contain soy. I've also recently found some at our local supermarket in the health food section. Food allergies are tricky & I feel your frustration, for sure! We have peanut, dairy and even gluten allergies even in our extended family. This means family get-togethers can prove to be interesting! Thankfully, there are more & more products available to those w/allergies. However, we've learned the hard way that just because a product is allergy free at one time, does not mean it will remain that way. We read food labels EVERY week. Ingredients change! Yikes!

Ken Brown said...

No one needs to worry about "pyrophosphate." It is just an inorganic form of phosphorus, ubiquitous in your body already. You can trust me on this. I'm a PhD biochemist and I taught biochemistry (and chemistry) for 37 years before retiring a few years ago.