If you are looking for a healthy food to add to your diet, you should consider buying sardines at your next trip to the grocery store.
A recent article highlights the health benefits of sardines. Wild-caught Pacific sardines are one of the healthiest foods we can consume, according to the health and environmental experts interviewed for “Sea Change” in the latest issue of EatingWell magazine.
Sardines are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. An average can, with generally 3-5 sardines, offers nearly 2,000mg of omega-3, which is more per serving than salmon and tuna. In comparison, omega-3 supplements normally supply 1000mg per dosage.
In addition, recent studies suggest that regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and may also help lower blood sugar levels. They are also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12, and protein. Sardines are extremely low in contaminants such as mercury because of their small size.
Sardines were named after the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where they once lived in abundance. In the United States, the sardine canning industry peaked in the 1950′s but since then; the industry has been on the decline. The last sardine cannery in the United States closed its doors on April 15, 2010 in Maine after 135 years in operation and made news across the country.
One of most sustainable fish around, Pacific sardines are quick to reproduce and have rebounded from both overfishing and a natural collapse in the 1940′s.
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