I saw this giant jar of "Seafood Cocktail with Bell Peppers" at my Costco and bought it on impulse. I've never eaten anything like it--I guess it's a Mediterranean food, as it says "Product of Italy" on the bottom. The ingredients are "Sunflower Oil, Squids, Cuttlefish, Bell Peppers, Octopus, Shrimp, Mussels, Wine Vinegar, Salt, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid, Lemon Juice." Does all the healthy fish offset the fact that it's bathing in sunflower oil? Is the fish heavily processed in a marinated product such as this? Is it better or worse than traditional canned fish?
The pros I see are that I'm eating Octupus, Squid, and Cuttlefish, things I'd never eat otherwise, so it gives me good variety of seafood. But are these the best types of seafoods to be eating? It has lots of red bell peppers, but I eat those all the time anyways.
asked byJoseph_S_ (868)
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on August 26, 2012
at 11:53 PM
Personally, I would not purchase/eat it, but...
Since all of those fish are low-no fat options, you could look at the grams of fat per serving/jar. If there's more than 5g of fat per serving, I would guess that the majority of that fat is coming from sunflower oil. If there's 1-3g of fat per serving, then it might be split between sunflower and seafood.
Since you already bought it, I'd say eat if < 3g fat/serving (cause you can probably guess that not a lot of oil was added) and do NOT eat if > 3g fat/serving.
Do NOT purchase again.
For future reference, you can make something similar at home very easily. Just get a frozen seafood blend at TJs or WF, sautee in coconut oil, toss into bowl of ice water for 3 mints, and then dump the seafood into a big bowl of salsa. Serve with avocado and sour cream. mmm.
on August 27, 2012
at 12:21 AM
I probably wouldn't eat it. On the scale of bad things, this is probably not THAT bad... But, seafood cocktail is so easy to make, and fresh seafood is so delicious... why would this appeal to you?