6 Reasons to Start Eating Sardines
From fresh sardines, to baked sardines. Come and get them!
Every time I make a sardine post, there is one of two kinds of reactions I get:
- You love them and eat them regularly and you love or like my post.
- You can’t stand them and don’t even know why you are reading a post about Sardines. You also get grossed out, and write in my posts how disgusted you are.
Well, here’s a few reasons why I eat sardines… and maybe after reading this you might change your mind?!
1. Rich in Omega-3
Omega-3s benefit the body in many ways and are well-studied for their importance in the body. One can of sardines contains over half of the recommended daily dose of Omega-3. Sardines provide both EPA and DHA fats, which are beneficial for the brain, heart and to reduce inflammation.
2. Super source of Selenium
Selenium and iodine are synergistic and occur together in most naturally occurring sources, including sardines. In fact, one can of sardines contains almost the entire RDA (recommended daily allowance) of selenium and a smaller amount of iodine. This may help the body obtain a proper balance of selenium and iodine. Selenium is also needed for glutathione production in the body.
3. Bioavailable Calcium & Phosphorus
Sardines (even canned ones) are great because they are one of the few animal foods that we still consume all of, including the bones and skin. While this makes some people squeamish, these “odd bits” of the fish have important vitamins and minerals, including a great dose of calcium from the bones. One can contains about 1/3 of the recommended daily amount of calcium in a highly absorbable form.
Phosphorus is an important mineral for bone and tooth health as well and difficult to find in food sources.
Sardines are one of the best natural food sources, which is why they are often recommended for healthy skin, teeth and bones.
4. Vitamin D Boost
The vast majority of us are Vitamin D deficient. And this number is even more drastic if we consider the optimal levels of Vitamin D and not just the minimum! It is one of the reasons that experts are calling for a change to the recommendation to avoid the sun! Some have even gone so far as to claim that we have a sun deficiency and that widespread vitamin D deficiency is contributing to various cancers and health problems.
One can of sardines contains almost half of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin D.
5. High in Protein
Sardines are a great protein choice. One 3 ounce can provides 23 grams of protein and a big dose of vitamins. These tiny fish are considered a very “efficient food” since they contain a very high amount of vitamins, protein and Omega-3 for the amount of calories they contain.
6. Low in Mercury and Other Metals
Heavy metal contamination is an understandable concern with consuming fish. Especially in the wake of recent contamination, many people are concerned about eating fish. Thankfully, sardines are considered one of the safest fish to consume due to their small size.
Sardines eat plankton and are at the bottom of the ocean food chain. This means that they contain much less mercury and other heavy metals than larger fish such as tuna.