National Survey Finds Canned Tuna a Cupboard Staple in Most Households
Sometimes cutting back on grocery bills is as easy as preparing the foods most families keep stocked in the kitchen pantry. According to a recent National Fisheries Institute survey, more than four out of five (86 percent) U.S. adults usually keep cans or pouches of tuna in the house at any given time. More than half (56 percent) of adults have at least three cans or pouches of tuna on hand, and one in four (25 percent) usually keep five or more cans or pouches of tuna at home(1). With tuna already stocked on so many household shelves, families have a versatile lean protein ingredient ready to make a variety of modern-day dishes.
"A return to basic whole foods can be a healthful change in the way families shop," said registered dietitian and seafood blogger,
While tuna is well-known for being rich in healthful omega-3s, many Americans may not realize how many other important nutrients are found naturally in tuna. In the survey, 45 percent of adults said that to them, omega-3 fatty acids are the most important nutrient found in tuna. However, only 14 percent of adults said this about lean protein. Other key nutrients such as B vitamins, potassium and magnesium were mentioned by even fewer adults as the most important nutrient found in tuna to them.
"Seafood like tuna is one of the healthiest, yet most under-consumed sources of lean protein," said McGuire. "According to a
Interestingly enough, the National Fisheries Institute survey found one of the most popular ways to eat tuna is with a "crunch." Those who have eaten a tuna fish sandwich say the most common additions to tuna, beyond mayo (73 percent), include onions (41 percent), lettuce (40 percent), celery (27 percent) or pickles (25 percent). Naturally, people's tastes vary. More than one in ten adults who have eaten a tuna fish sandwich put potato chips (12 percent) on tuna sandwiches, and slightly more like mustard (15 percent) with tuna. About 1 percent like to put tuna on their pizza. Whether adding crunch to a tuna sandwich or using tuna as a topping, it's simple to use what is already in the cupboard to make delicious meals.
Additional survey findings include:
- While about one-fourth (24 percent) of those who eat tuna sandwiches only eat it as sandwiches, three-fourths (76 percent) like to eat tuna in other ways, such as in a salad (28 percent), dip (9 percent) or casserole or pasta dishes (40 percent).
- One in six (17 percent) adults who have ever eaten a tuna fish sandwich like to eat tuna right out of the can or pouch.
- More than four out of five (83 percent) adults ever make tuna sandwiches, and among those who do, more than half (57 percent) make at least one each month and more than one in 10 (13 percent) make tuna sandwiches at least once a week.
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About the Study
This Tuna Fish survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the National Fisheries Institute. All data collection was done online within
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About The National Fisheries Institute's Tuna Council
The National Fisheries Institute's (NFI) Tuna Council, previously known as the U.S. Tuna Foundation, is dedicated to educating American families about canned tuna safety, sustainability and nutrition. Visit www.healthytuna.com for additional information.
(1) Charts available for all survey statistics upon request
SOURCE National Fisheries Institute's Tuna Council