POPSUGAR Food Poll Do You Eat Tuna Packed in Water or Oil? by partysugar 10/08/08 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Sign up for our daily newsletter > Read More Canned TunaTunaPoll POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get inspired with our daily newsletter Vegetarian DIY Home Food Tech Love and Sex Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. 5 years Most tuna is packed in cottonseed oil. Bleah. I read that packing tuna in oil allows the fish oil to mix with the packing oil easily. So when you drain the oil, you are also draining some of the good oil from the fish. If you eat tuna from a can you should get water packed white (not light) tuna, unless the oil used to pack it in is olive oil or some other oil that is good for you. jennjennnbubba 6 years I prefer olive oil... water tastes bland to me fashionista119 6 years I'm vegetarian, so no tuna for me, but I always have Tuna packed in Olive Oil at the house because my Husband eats it. I work at a company that sells Gourmet Foods imported from Spain and Latin America, so I buy it through the company. We sell Bonito Tuna which is line and hook-caught from the Bay of Biscane in Northern Spain. It's then hand-cleaned and packed in high quality Spanish Olive Oil, and my Husband says it's the best Tuna he's ever had. He eats it on Savory Tortas (Spanish Flat Bread) with some Manchego Cheese and Olivada (Olive Spread). ilanac13 6 years being a vegetarian, i don't eat tuna, but when i was younger, my mom would always buy it packed in oil, and i never knew why. when i got to be in college, i switched to getting it in water and it served the same purpose with my dishes so i'm not sure how either liquid really affects things. i just think that the water version is just a little bit healthier, and personally, looking at all the oil that comes out, i was kind of turned off by the stuff anyway. ayuninur 6 years eww..no thanks! CaterpillarGirl 6 years I prefer water, it sucks so bad when you grab a can and get home and realized you grabbed the one packed in OIL, i mean i will eat it, but i dont think its better. LoveSarah 6 years For sandwiches, tuna in water is the only way to go. A little mayo, some garlic and onion powder. MMM, yum! But, I have made things that call for tuna in oil, so I guess it just depends! luiyuming 6 years Yeah I prefer tuna in water because you can decide what you want to do with it. Tuna in oil or mayo don't give you that option. GlowingMoon 6 years Neither. I prefer wild salmon. madball 6 years Oil is better because the nutrients in the tuna leach out into the water, but not the oil. So when you drain the water, you drain a lot of what's good for you in the tuna. Drain the oil, and use it for your cats' or dogs' food ('cause they love it), and keep all the omega3s to keep you healthy. dootsie 6 years Tuna in a packet is the way to go. Even "packed in water", there's barely any liquid around the tuna. It's moist, but not swimming! digibron 6 years I use Sirena La Vita Lite tuna in oil in salads/sandwhiches and any brand tuna in springwater for cooking. http://www.sirena.com.au/products.aspx?catNodeId=1096 wackdoodle 6 years I prefer oil - Olive oil. Tuna picked in water tastes horrible (if it has a taste at all) and the water helps wash away the naturally fat in the tuna, leaving you with a horrible dry lump of yeech. I used to eat tuna straight form the can when I was little. I'd always dried off the excess oil and just grab a fork. Then tuna in water came out and my mom started buying that intermixed with the tuna in oil. I'd open a can of the tuna in water, drain off the fish water and grab a fork. YUCK! Into the trash. codewhiz 6 years My husband thinks tuna is too fishy, so instead we have Trader Joe's trout fillets packed in brine. Mykie7 6 years I was raised on the tuna with water so I had never tried it in oil. Then about a month ago I bought one in oil by mistake and OMG it was GROSS! If anyone likes it, I've got to ask, how do you get past that slimy feeling of it? Ick! SusanTeufel 6 years I've never tried it in oil, but it looked nasty. Though I could go for a tuna salad sandwich right now because of this post, lol. suziryder 6 years I've never had it in oil, have no desire to try... Food 6 years I love both! Depends on what I'm eating and my mood. If I'm making something Italian, then it has to be packed in oil, naturally. Water if I'm feeling like I want something light. partysugar 6 years Today's San Francisco Chronicle says tuna in oil is the only way to go. lisabarn 6 years Usually water because it is healthier (and especially if it is just for sandwiches) But, if it for a recipe then I buy the good stuff. opisnowpro 6 years I eat tuna in water but its better in oil....but it has to be a good tuna can not the cheapest! cageyme 6 years Whether its packed in oil or water, the dog LOVES it when I drain the can over his food bowl. Of course then ordinary dog breath turns into tuna dog breath. hippiecowgirl 6 years I only eat it packed in water. I bought it in oil once by accident and the smell when I opened the can was enough to make me throw it out. Stupidasscat 6 years Ditto to mtiger mtiger 6 years I buy tuna in water. Once, on accident, I bought tuna in oil. I didn't realize it until I opened the can, and it was so messy and disgusting, I threw it right in the trash.