Soy, Is in My Canned “Tuna In Water,” Really?

By Virginia Wright

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Since as long as I can remember, I have eaten canned tuna fish. One of my favorite lunches has always been a toasted tuna sandwich. Yup! I have eaten tuna most my life…tuna sandwiches, creamed tuna, tuna patties, tuna salad, tuna noodle casserole–and tuna with a fork right out of the can. And it is safe to say, that I have eaten just about everything tuna.

However, today was a staunch reminder how extremely important it is to read product labels–to avoid eating GMOs. That is right, clearly listed along with (tuna and water) are the words, “Contains Soy!” Since this is not Certified Organic Soy, we have no way of knowing whether this is genetically modified soy and/or sprayed, dusted, or treated with systemic chemicals.

More information on soy:

What are GMOs?

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals whose genetic material has been altered through genetic engineering techniques, thereby modifying the original genetics of the material.

What are GMOs?

If to buy, or not to buy, (light or dark) tuna was not enough of a worry due to mercury contamination–now, additives to tuna packed in water is yet another concern. I am not saying soy is necessarily bad, in fact, for years soy has been touted as a healthy product. Rather, I am saying–that I personally, do not want soy that is not organic in my foods. As I do not want soy that may have been treated with systemic chemicals in (anything).

Read nutrition labels carefully! 

With a little research, I found a couple of canned tuna brands to buy with only (tuna and water) as ingredients.

Both brands can be found for sale in bulk on

*Please note, some tuna packed in pouches do contain vegetable broth. Vegetable broth may contain soy (read nutrition labels).

© 2014 Virginia Wright–Health and Nutrition Article | Tuna Fish | The Recipe Corner Updated 7/27/2017

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2 thoughts on “Soy, Is in My Canned “Tuna In Water,” Really?

  1. Yes, you are correct. The good news is…you can still find certain brands that do not have it. I was fooled, I picked up my “Tuna In Water” and bought several cans, as I have my whole life–only to find out that it had a vegetable broth made with soy. Since it is made with soy and does not say organic beforehand, I personally am going to steer away based on all the research that I noted. Thanks for stopping by! -Virginia

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