While not quite as big as tuna (both in popularity and physical size) sardines are a versatile nutritional powerhouse that you can easily add to your diet. Here’s what makes these mighty fish so good for you:
🐟Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Unsaturated fats in sardines can lead to lower inflammation and triglyceride levels in your body.
🐟Protein - You’ll find 33g of protein per can, typically.
🐟Lower Chronic Disease Risk - The combo of nutrients in sardines such as omega-3s, the amino acid taurine, and vitamin D can help to lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease if eaten twice a week.
🐟Vitamin B12 - One can yields 555% of your daily B12 needs. This helps support nerve function and red blood cell formation as well as absorb protein and fat.
🐟Calcium - Because their bones are edible, a can of bone-in sardines can provide you with 44% of your daily calcium needs.
🐟Low in Mercury - Because they only eat plankton, sardines are much lower in mercury than some other larger fish that are higher up in the food chain. You’d have to eat 32 cans of sardines per week to accumulate toxic levels of mercury.
🐟Budget-Friendly - You can usually get a can of wild-caught sardines for less than a couple bucks.
🐟Shelf-Stable - In most cases, you have a couple years to consume a can of sardines.
🐟Versatile - Eat sardines on a salad with your favorite dressing or salsa, with crackers, or straight out of the can.