THE BATTLE OF THE CORNED TUNAS

This IS one very very late post. I completely forgot I have a file saved somewhere. Shucks.
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I have been meaning to make this post since the very first time I saw Derek Ramsey's Century Corned tuna TV commercial. I thought San Marino must be doing well in terms of market sales considering that they were first to introduce the 'corned tuna' concept in the Philippine market - and that Century had to keep up with it.

San Marino Corned Tuna TVC

Century Tuna TVC

So finally last Sunday morning about two weeks ago, I opened two cans of corned tuna - one San Marino and one Century - and put them to a taste test.



There's 7 of us having breakfast then. Without telling them which is which, I asked them which tastes better.
(L) Century and (R) San Marino

My nephew was first to say that he likes the taste of the less oily and sauteed-tasting one. (the one on the left, which is Century Tuna) I totally agree. I think it was only my mom who said that she preferred the more oily one - "Gusto ko kasi yung mamasa-masa sa rice, easier to chew for me" quoting her. When we're done eating, we voted 6-1 in favor of Century Tuna. (I am now wondering if our taste buds already developed some affinity with the Century brand, since we literally grew up with it or it just tastes better than the other brand.)

San Marino corned tuna also tasted good  but somehow gave a fishy aftertaste. Century Tuna on the other hand smelled fishy once I opened the can (but do not taste fishy/"malansa" - probably with the help of the onion and garlic bits). I also recalled that the San Marino TVC mentioned of having less oil compared to the other brand but apparently, it's not. (see pictures above)

Here's a comparison of their ingredients and nutrition information:

CENTURY CORNED TUNA                 
Tuna Flakes, Soy Protein Concentrate,         
Water, Soya Oil, Onion, Minced Garlic,        
Spices and Seasonings                                 

SAN MARINO CORNED TUNA
Tuna Flakes, Soy Protein Concentrate,
Soya Oil, Thickener, Sugar, Iodized Salt
and Seasonings


Nutrition Information:
Serving Size, 56g
Servings per container, about 3
(per 56g serving size)
                              CENTURY                         SAN MARINO
Energy                       60kcal                                60kcal
Fat                            3g                                      3g
Trans Fat                    0g                                      0g
Sodium                      250mg                                360mg
Carbohydrate             2g                                      2g
Protein                      6g                                      6g

The sodium content caught my attention. Hmm, I'd honestly prefer the one with less sodium content considering my health condition.

I guess you'd better try comparing both too so you'll know the difference. After all, taste varies from person to person. =)


Note: This is an unpaid advertisement. I just got the kick being a big fan of canned tunas. (LOL)




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6 comment(s):

rochellesychua said...

I heard mixed reviews about this..

I guess I better try it then :) Thanks for the review! :)

maan said...

Hi Rochelle!
Thanks for dropping by.
I came across other reviews too. It just proves how taste varies from person to person. =)

chxdeveyra said...

thanks for the review maan. ndi pala ko nagiisa to notice na mejo mataas nga ang sodium content ng san marino. gusto ko sana sya i-try, para ndi nmn century tuna lagi ang ulam ko :) mas maraming choices mas maganda sana kaso turned off lang talaga ako sa content ng san marino. right now dun muna ako sa nakasanayan ko nang century tuna

maan said...

Hi Chiqui,
Welcome to Fair and Square!
After my mom banned the use of MSG at home, we started cutting down on salt also.
I think it really pays to check the label no, kasi you won't even know there's that much salt in there pala. =)
Thanks and hope to see you again here!

carmi said...

this is a very useful post. I never knew that san marino has sugar.

i also like my tuna less salty and less oily. kasi one of the main reasons why i eat tuna more than i eat pork/beef is mas healthy sya. century tuna has less fatty ingredients and that justifies my preference.

maan said...

this is a very useful post. I never knew that san marino has sugar.

i also like my tuna less salty and less oily. kasi one of the main reasons why i eat tuna more than i eat pork/beef is mas healthy sya. century tuna has less fatty ingredients and that justifies my preference.

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