The simple sardine sits on the supermarket shelf mostly unnoticed. Would you stop and pay more attention to it if you knew all the health benefits that are packed in that little tin?
Let’s take a closer look.
Shown to support a healthy heart as they are a great concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA. They are also a great source of vitamin B12 which has a key role in balancing homocysteine.
Promote Bone Health due to their vitamin D content along with phosphorus that strengthens our bones. By supporting and balancing our homocysteine levels we are protecting our bones. They are a good source of calcium.
Packed with protein which provide us with amino acids which is the structural component of many cells. Protein form the basis of muscles, connective tissue, antibodies and neurotransmitters.
Additional nutrients that are found in sardines are vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc and magnesium.
If your preference is to go for the sardines in the tomato sauce you may be having an added benefit of gaining an important photochemical known as lycopene which is also an antioxidant and may have anti-inflammatory properties.
They’re a powerhouse of nutrition, so I’m kind of an evangelist for sardines amongst everyone I meet.Craig Cooper from Adventure Capitalist
So now you are a little more enlightened about the simple sardine I can hear a faint whispers about fish being contaminated and surely this should be a concern. Yes fish has become more of concern due to the contaminants from our oceans but larger fish such as tuna and swordfish have higher levels of these contaminants. The smaller the fish the lower the levels of contaminants. For that reason I would recommend a maximum of three portions per week and for pregnant mums to only have two portions per week. But most importantly get them in your diet, they are great as snack option.