I eat a lot of canned tuna and the brand I eat 90% of the time is Sirena, more specifically their original tuna in oil Italian style. I really like the authentic looking style of the can and the yellow and red really talks to the Italian heritage of the product.
It was back in 1949, that the Valmorbida family immigrated to Australia from Italy and in 1956, the patriarch of the family, Carlo Valmorbida, started to serve the Italian community in Australia with products they missed from home, and now we all benefit from this move.
One of the lines most in demand was tuna, back then most of the tuna available was canned in brine, dark and poor quality. Carlo offered a canned tuna for the Italian palate and the product was aptly named Sirena which means mermaid in Italian. The Sirena mermaid appears on the top of every can and I love the image. Whilst Carlo Valmorbida has since retired from the family business, the brand’s board still consists solely of the Valmorbida family.
Like other brands of tuna they have a plethora of variants, but as mentioned the one I like best is in Italian style oil, it tastes great. And a little tip for you, it goes great mixed with some fresh dates and served on a slice of toast, makes a tasty and healthy lunch.
Now the science:
- Tuna is full of Omega-3 fatty acids
- Tuna is low GI. Products with a low Glycaemia Index keep your blood sugar steady
- Tuna is an excellent source of quality protein
- Tuna is packed with nutrients and minerals including magnesium, selenium and potassium
- Tuna is rich in B vitamins such as niacin (B3), B1 and B6.
- Tuna can keep you slim – research has shown that Omega-3 fats found in cold water fish such as tuna improve the body’s ability to respond to insulin and therefore prevent obesity. The Omega-3 fatty acid EPA stimulates the secretion of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism.