Omega-3 and Other Health Benefits

OMEGA-3

Omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna, salmon, shrimp and other fish are essential vitamins that provide numerous health benefits to men and women. Research has shown omega-3 to have a positive impact on everything from arthritis and asthma to acne and depression. Among all the research, one thing is undisputed - omega-3 is great for the heart. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week because of its heart healthy benefits derived from omega-3, protein levels and has low amount of saturated fat.

SAFE TO EAT

Did you know canned and pouched tuna is one of the safest to eat proteins available? That's because it's cooked in the can to heat-sterilize it.

At Chicken of the Sea, we always put food safety first. We were the first seafood brand to incorporate the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point procedures, a safety system designed to protect customers from food borne illness and ensure food safety. Our program ensures that our products meet the highest standards of safety.

LOW-FAT

Although some fat is essential to our bodies, too much can be dangerous to our health, leading to heart disease, obesity and some types of cancer. Therefore, it's best to eat a balanced, low-fat diet to maintain good health. Tuna, salmon, frozen shrimp and other seafood products by Chicken of the Sea offer essential nutrients like protein and omega-3 and are naturally low fat. In fact, chunk light tuna has the least amount of fat of all seafood and much less than other meats. A can of Chicken of the Sea's chunk light has only .5 grams, when compared to a roasted chicken breast (with skin) that has about 7.6 grams of fat.

OIL VS. WATER

Many people feel that it is healthier to eat tuna packed in water instead of tuna packed in oil, yet it is generally agreed that tuna packed in oil has a better flavor and texture. However, it has been shown that tuna packed in oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise is actually lower in fat than tuna packed in spring water and mixed with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Starting with tuna packed in oil allows people to use less mayonnaise to achieve the desired consistency and taste, thereby cutting down on fat and calories and providing a better tasting salad. Another fat-reducing option is rinsing tuna packed in oil with a small stream of water in a strainer to remove excess oil.

LOW-SODIUM

Although many packaged and processed foods are very high in sodium, Chicken of the Sea offers products that are low-sodium and very low-sodium, with levels ranging from 35 mg. to 90 mg. per 2-ounce serving.

HIGH-PROTEIN

Protein is one of the essential nutrients of life. In fact, the word "protein" is derived from a Greek word meaning "of first importance." The key to achieving a healthy body is to eat good protein sources as part of a balanced, low-fat diet.

Chicken of the Sea tuna, salmon, frozen shrimp and other products offer a great source of protein and are much lower in saturated fat when compared to other protein sources. In addition, canned and pouched seafood and frozen shrimp can be prepared in an almost endless variety of mouth-watering ways, offering people essential proteins without the extra calories or fat.

CALCIUM-RICH

Calcium is a mineral the body needs to keep bones dense and strong. Without a steady supply of calcium in your diet, your body will steal it from your bones, making them weaker and more fragile.

Most calcium in the diet is obtained from dairy products, but sardines and canned salmon with bones are also good sources of calcium. A serving of traditional canned salmon provides 10 percent of the government's Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).