June 13, 2011
Century Tunalicious Hotdog, it is a hotdog with Tuna as its meat, a first from Century Tuna and is introduced by one of the most sought after actors of GMA 7, Aljur Abrenica.
Century Tuna has been a pioneer in promoting a healthy lifestyle. The new product of Century Tuna has Omega 3 DHA that is good for the heart. It also has zero percent trans fat and has no beef or pork content in it so health fanatics can eat hotdog without the guilt of gaining calories.
Product Description (excerpt from the packaging): Century Tuna Healthylicious Hotdog is a new way to stay smart and fit! 0g trans fat, with Omega 3 DHA and Taurine. It’s all the goodness of tuna in the hotdog shape and taste you’ve loved since childhood!
Ingredients: Chicken and Tuna, Palm Olein, Water, Sugar, Vegetable Protein, Iodized Salt, Whey, Seasonings, Spices, Phosphates, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Erythorbate, Artificial Color from Casing and Taurine
Serving Size 60g
Let us review its ingredients:
1. Based on the packaging ingredients it contains Tuna and Chicken. Not just Tuna huh?
2. Palm Olein: It is refined, bleached and deodorized form of palm oil which is extracted after crushing palm fruit.
3. Vegetable Protein: A Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein is one of most common soy-based food “fillers” used to make literally thousands of processed food products. It’s found in veggie burgers, gravy mixes, soups and many other grocery products.
4. Phosphates: classified into several primary groups based on the number of phosphorus (P) atoms. Each of these groups have functional properties ideal for many applications. Orthophosphates (Buffering – detergents, baking), Pyrophosphates (Sequestering – water treatment, metal cleaning); Tripolyphosphates (Dispersant – meat processing, dish detergent);
Polyphosphates (Dispersant – kaolin production, processed cheese)
5. Sodium Nitrite: a chemical compound which is used principally as an additive in meats and other foods. It has properties that preserve color and freshness, especially in processed meats. In its pure state, it is a white or yellowish powder, with a texture somewhat like salt. It is considered a salt in the chemical sense, meaning that it is composed of positively charged ions of a metal — sodium — and negatively charged non-metal ions — nitrite. There are at least three purposes accomplished by the addition of sodium nitrite to certain food products. The first is the preservation of color. Sodium nitrite preserves the red color of meats and some types of fish so that they remain red even if they are cooked while being processed. Another purpose is to inhibit the growth of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This species of microorganism is highly dangerous when it is present in food products, because it produces a neurotoxin which causes a set of symptoms in humans known as botulism. These symptoms include muscular paralysis, which can lead to respiratory failure and death.
6. Sodium Erythorbate: Sodium erythorbate or ascorbate is another common curing additive. It not only decreases the risks associated with the use of nitrite but also improves cured meat colour development. Other common additives include alkaline phosphates, which improve the juiciness of meat products by increasing their water-holding ability. It is chemically similar to vitamin C, which was used for the same purpose before this compound, but only gives the body 1/20th of the vitamin C one would get from taking regular vitamin C. It is made from sugar, commonly beet and cane sugar. For its side effects, check this out : http://www.livestrong.com/article/340989-sodium-erythorbate-side-effects
7. Taurine: An organic acid, taurine is derived from cysteine (an amino acid). As cysteine contains sulfur, & taurine is derived from cysteine, taurine is also classed as a sulfonic acid.
So now we have an idea of its ingredients and possible effect on our health. Healthylicious still?