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PRODUCT: Starkist Gourmet Selects Tuna Pouches

We keep tuna pouches at the office as better-for-you options for lunch and snacking. Photo courtesy Starkist.


We’ve been enjoying tuna pouches since they first appeared. Especially at the office, they provide a convenient, better-for-you option for lunch or snacking.

We especially like the flavored tuna pouches, which are tasty enough to require no mayonnaise. We just add the contents to a piece of toast, or onto leafy greens.

StarKist has expanded the flavored tuna options with a new product line, StarKist Gourmet Selects Pouches, that includes real veggies in each pouch. We received samples of the three internationally-inspired flavors:

  • Mexican had a nice touch of sundried tomato.
  • Mexican has a very mild amount of heat. We’re not fans of major heat, but we’d like a bit more jalapeño.
  • Thai is tasty, although it didn’t have a particular Thai distinctiveness—just a bit of sweetness and some heat, which sizzled in our mouth long after the dish was consumed.
    There are recipes for cooked dishes using the tuna on the back of each pouch.

    Last fall we wrote about Starkist Tuna Creation’s flavored pouches in Lemon Pepper and Sweet & Spicy, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. They were 4.5 ounces apiece—just right for lunch.

    The new Gourmet Selects pouches are in a much smaller size: 2.6 ounces, good for kids but not enough for this not-so-delicate eater. Still, we’d be happy to have a carton of them delivered to the office to take the place of our often less-good-for-you snacks.

    Some pregnant women have limited their fish and seafood intake, due to past studies concerned about the amount of mercury in some fish.

    A new report from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee encourages women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces (2 to 3 servings) of fish each week.

    According to 2014 FDA research, women can safely consume up to 67 ounces—33 servings—of canned albacore tuna each week.

    The advice, expected to be adopted and included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, comes at a time when seafood consumption in the U.S. is at an all-time low, especially among moms and moms-to-be.

    Thanks to Bumble Bee for spreading the word about the new recommendations.


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