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Best Canned Fish for Omegas and General Health

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Updated October 23, 2014 at 4:16 AM
Created November 06, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I dig a good can of salmon or sardines. A lot of them seem to be low fat though (whether they call themselves that or not) and we are obviously not looking for that.

I'd also prefer that they not be canned in oil, even olive oil, because I've read (I think it was mark's daily apple) that the omega content is somehow messed up by this. But if it has to be in oil, EEVO is obviously preferable.

Best if canned with soft bone - seems that most good canned salmon is boneless but I keep reading about benefits of salmon canned with soft bones.

What are some good brands and places to buy canned fish/sea food for general health and omega 3's? I'm not terribly concerned about BPA (unless you can give me clear evidence of its danger). Since I'm looking to get more canned sea food you can guess I'm budget conscious.

Hope this thread can help many people find better, cheaper healthier sea food.

TYIA, contributors.

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5650 · November 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

that's my favorite tuna!!! i eat it all the time. same with the sardines they sell. gotta love tj's.

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598 · November 08, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I actually really like those wild planet sardines and yes, I get them at Costco in like a 10 pack. I think they were in oil though rather than water. I'll have to see if they have them in water. Also just looking to add variety so I'm considering their variety pack from that website.

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598 · November 07, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Interesting. I HATE going to Walmart but I might stop in just to stock up on these.

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198 · November 07, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Have you had Trader Joe's version? How does it compare if you have tried it?

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10176 · November 06, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Shrimp can't help it about not being fatty....bathe them in butter or coconut oil....or melted cheese....

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10176 · November 06, 2013 at 10:25 PM

To save money I buy it by the case and get the free shipping. The shrimp are small and very firm, not at all like normal mushy canned shrimp. We can get it fresh around here when it's in season for $4.99/lb, which is way better and cheaper than canned.

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598 · November 06, 2013 at 9:33 PM

That's a great alternative to o6-rich Brazilnuts for selenium! I do wish it were a little fattier though. I get plenty, even too much, protein anyway. I might end up ordering some though just because.

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15 · November 09, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Trader Joe's Yellowfin tuna is my absolute favorite. It's a little on the expensive side, but you can find it packaged in extra virgin olive oil. Because of how TJ's handles things, however, you have to make sure that they don't have it one week and then never get it again.

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5650 · November 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

that's my favorite tuna!!! i eat it all the time. same with the sardines they sell. gotta love tj's.

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110 · November 07, 2013 at 12:48 PM

If you don't mind BPAs or the source, Walmart carries wild-caught bone-in pink salmon from Bumblee/Chicken of the Sea for less than $4 a 14.75 oz. can, and cheaper for store-brand.

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598 · November 07, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Interesting. I HATE going to Walmart but I might stop in just to stock up on these.

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396 · November 07, 2013 at 4:30 AM

I eat a can of these sardines almost every day:

http://www.wildplanetfoods.com/store/products/wild-california-sardines-in-spring-water.html

Wild Planet has a pretty good variety of canned seafood, but the sardines in water are the only thing I've tried. Wild caught, BPA-free cans, with soft bones, in water. Cheapest I've found is $2.83/can on iHerb. I think you get 10% off your order if it totals more than $40 or $60 (can't remember). I've also heard rumors that they're available at Costco.

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598 · November 08, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I actually really like those wild planet sardines and yes, I get them at Costco in like a 10 pack. I think they were in oil though rather than water. I'll have to see if they have them in water. Also just looking to add variety so I'm considering their variety pack from that website.

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10176 · November 06, 2013 at 8:43 PM

I've been eating a lot of these water-packed wild shrimp lately:

http://www.eastpointseafood.com/dda/b/eps/build.asp?page=Home

I also like Skipanon's canned smoked salmon, but it's expensive.

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198 · November 07, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Have you had Trader Joe's version? How does it compare if you have tried it?

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598 · November 06, 2013 at 9:33 PM

That's a great alternative to o6-rich Brazilnuts for selenium! I do wish it were a little fattier though. I get plenty, even too much, protein anyway. I might end up ordering some though just because.

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