Sardines are the small fish packed in either tin can or glass bottles. Most people eat sardines because it is one of the most convenient foods you can eat when you are in a hurry, no preparation required, just simply peel off the thin metal top and enjoy.
- There is really no such fish as sardine. The name sardine merely refers to a variety of small fish belonging to the herring family. So the small fishes found on store shelves are not true sardine, but another small oily fish in the herring family. Sardines name comes from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.
- Another important thing to know is that Sardines are extremely low in contaminants such as mercury unlike the big fishes like salmon and tuna.
Nutrient Content of Sardines: There is more to this convenient food, sardines is packed with nutrients, “ounce for ounce, sardines provide more calcium and phosphorus than milk, more protein than steak, more potassium than bananas, and more iron than cooked spinach.”
Probably the greatest nutritional value of sardines resides in their high concentration of omega-3-fatty acids. Omega-3 has been shown to reduce triglyceride levels and play a significant role in preventing dangerous heart abnormalities.
Sardines Recipes: There are a variety of ways to eat sardines such as creating a sardine salad, sardine pasta, as sandwich spread, or eating them straight out of the can.
Health Benefits of Sardines:
- Considered as brain food because, the omega-3 fatty acids in sardines are important for the brain, memory and performance.
- Sardines omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and therefore beneficial to those people suffering from joint problems like arthritis.
- High in calcium and vitamin D which help promote stronger bones.
- Sardines contain Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) an antioxidant that is enhances physical energy and cardiovascular health. Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial for those people with hypertension and heart abnormalities.
- Excellent source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid.
- The high protein content of sardines helps to promote a feeling of fullness and the lack of carbohydrates helps to keep blood sugars stable.
How to buy Sardines:
- When you purchase sardines, look for ones that are packed in water, mustard, or tomato sauce as opposed to oil. The oil can add significantly to the calorie and fat content.
- Sardines packed in water tend to taste and smell less fishy than ones packed in other liquids.
“This article was originally published on January 15, 2012 @ 20:24”