Monday, July 5, 2010

Soy Alert: Starkist Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water

Dear Friends,

Imagine my surprise when I looked at the label on a can of Starkist Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water and saw the words "Contains: Fish, Soy". Reading the list of ingredients, I noted that the tuna is packed not only in water, but also in "vegetable broth." Broth? Not just water?

According to the Starkist web site(

"Vegetable broth is added to some StarKist® Tuna products as a flavor enhancer. The broth must consist of two or more of the following: beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, garlic, onions, parsley, peas, potatoes, green or red bell peppers, spinach, or tomatoes.

If you have dietary restrictions or allergies to any of these ingredients, you might want to try StarKist® Low Sodium Chunk Light or Very Low Sodium Chunk White Tuna (which contains only tuna and water). Also, Gourmet Choice™ Solid Light Tuna Fillet, packed in water or olive oil, does not contain vegetable broth."

So, let this serve as a reminder that soy can lurk anywhere. Check labels foreverything. I know it's difficult, but it's worth it in the end.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

--Nursing Mom Recipes

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Shavonne said...

After reading this post, I emailed Starkist in hopes of finding out the type of soy in their tuna (protein vs. fat). I didn't get an answer to that question, but did get an even better answer. Here it is:

"Soybeans are among the vegetables used to make the Vegetable broth.

If you wish to avoid products with soy, the following StarKist products DO NOT CONTAIN SOY: StarKist Gourmet Choice (canned) Low Sodium Tuna, StarKist Gourmet Choice (canned) Very Low Sodium Tuna, StarKist Gourmet Choice (canned) Albacore Tuna Fillet, StarKist Gourmet Choice (canned) Solid Light Tuna Fillet (in water or olive oil), StarKist Gourmet Choice (canned) Yellowfin Marinated Tuna Fillet with Roasted Garlic, and StarKist Pouch Yellowfin Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

I appreciate the opportunity to respond and hope this information is helpful."

Hope this helps other canned tuna lovers who can't have soy in their diet!

Bernadette Geyer said...

Shavonne - Thank you very much for taking the time to contact Starkist and to post their response to you for Nursing Mom Recipe readers!