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Jul 2, 2003 12:24 PM

Soy ingredient in Bumble Bee White Albacore Tuna

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How long has soy been added as a filler to Bumble Bee tuna? I picked up a can of BB white albacore tuna in oil the other day and happened to look at the ingredients:

NGREDIENTS: White Tuna, Soybean Oil, Vegetable Broth, Salt, Pyrophosate added

Is this something new?

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  1. This is directly from the Bumble Bee website. The last sentence answers your question;

    Why does Bumble Bee add vegetable broth to canned tuna?

    Vegetable Broth is added to our canned tuna products as an optional flavoring ingredient. It enhances the flavor of tuna, resulting in a more mild, delicate taste. The broth currently used is derived from vegetables such as beans, peas, celery or carrots. The broth also generally contains a soy protein, which is why some of our products declare, "contains soy."

    1. It's been there a few years. My advice-- try Tuna Guys. You'll never go back to Bumble Bee, Starkist, etc., again.

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      1. re: AlanH

        I eat tuna fish at least once a week and I will never buy branded tuna fish again. The Tuna Guys tuna is the best. I give cans away only to people I know will appreciate it.

        1. re: Scagnetti

          I too have been giving it away. I know for a fact that AT LEAST 10 cases have been purchased as a result!

          1. re: AlanH

            You guys are too generous. I give away a small taste and the web page info, but I keep the tuna for myself. This is usually sufficient to prompt a sale.

        2. re: AlanH

          It may be feel-good tuna, but it's still tinned tuna.

          1. re: Gary Soup

            Gary, that's what I thought until I tried it.

        3. "Soy" on a canned tuna label most likely means "hydrolyzed soy protien", a form of MSG.

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          1. re: 2chez mike

            Actually, I believe MSG occurs "naturally" in Hydrolyzed Soy Protein as a result of the hydrolisis process, it is not that HSP is a fom of MSG. That said, a fair number of people are allergic to soy, thus since soybean oil is used in this product, soy is listed as an ingredient. If hydrolyzed soy protein were an ingredient, I would think it would say so. I may be wrong.

          2. This doesn't seem so surprising. Soy is added to a lot of processed/canned/boxed food products these days. I don't eat a lot of that stuff myself, but on a recent visit to relatives, I had the occasion to examine the labels in their pantry. Soy is in all kinds of stuff! Yellow mustard contained soybean oil. Virtually anything coming out of commericial bakery (cupcakes, muffins, donuts, etc.) contained soy in some form, (along with many things I can't even spell). In the morning I would eat soy-based margarine on bread containing soy. I bake bread at home and I'm sure I've never made a bread that calls for soy, but there it is.

            This isn't any sort of value judgement, by the way. Just an observation: soy is a really, really common additive in packaged food these days, and it no longer surprises me when I see it.

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            1. re: ADL

              Yep. I've realized that I have an allergy to soy - gives me bad stomach pains and other unpleasant gastric symptoms. So I check all product ingredients now, and I'm amazed at how much stuff contains soy. Cutting it out of my diet has made a big difference....But I have to be very vigilant. I would NEVER have thought it's in tuna....

              1. re: Scooter Pie

                Wow! I tested positive for soy allergy years ago, so I've just avoided tofu, miso, etc. Yet I'm still getting sick - now this makes a lot more sense. It's in so much now, I'm going to have to be one of those "check every label" folks. Grocery shopping is going to be twice as time-consuming.

                1. re: girlmoxie

                  "I'm going to have to be one of those 'check every label' folks. Grocery shopping is going to be twice as time-consuming."

                  I think it'd easier just to buy the unlabelled stuff: produce, dairy, and meat. That makes my shopping trips shorter. It's my kitchen time that's twice as time-consuming, but I rather like that tradeoff.

                  I reiterate: you'd be surprised. Just yesterday, I noticed that a package of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips on my pantry shelf contained, yup: "soy lecithin, an emulsifier". Whatever that is.

                  1. re: ADL
                    Caitlin McGrath

                    Just be happy they identified the source of the lecithin, since almost every brand of chocolate, domestic or imported, is made with lecithin.

            2. And then there's the obvious...

              soybean oil comes from soy!