Sardines are among Mother Nature's great gifts. These small, oily fish are plentiful on both coasts, inexpensive, loaded with nutrients, and absolutely delicious. Cultures all over the world have found ways to enjoy this tiny fish, which can be purchased in small tins in just about any grocery store around.
What Are Sardines?
Sardines are small schooling fish that roam the open oceans from Japan to California to Chile, eating plankton and small crustaceans. In turn, sardines get eaten by just about everything, including people. These fish are found mostly in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea. They are the most harvested fish in the world. Actually, a lot of people all over the world enjoy sardines and have traditional dishes that feature this fish. In the United Kingdom, there's stargazy pie, which features sardines, potatoes, and eggs baked under a crust; in the Philippines, cooks make ginisang sardines, a dish of sardines cooked in spicy tomato sauce; and in Japan try tatami-iwashi, a dish consisting of dried sardines made into thin sheets that get toasted and eaten as a snack. Sicily's famous 'pasta con le sarde' simply translates to pasta with sardines. If you are someone who is a bit skeptical of sardines, try sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, lemon, sardines, and herbs a go! The ingredients really balance out the fishy flavor and turn a can of sardines in olive oil into a gourmet meal. Serve with a spinach salad for a light lunch or dinner. Sardines contain fatty acids, vitamins, and trace mineral elements and may help in the prevention of many diseases and promote overall health. The following are some of the sardines' most important benefits.
Sardines Prevent Heart Disease
Adding sardines to a balanced diet can help improve blood vessel function, ease inflammation, and more. A Harvard study found that consuming just one to two servings of sardines every week provides enough omega-3 fatty acids to reduce your chances of heart disease by more than one-third.
Sardines Prevent Blood Clots
Sardines are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and reduce the risk of blood clots and lower blood pressure. And they may help protect those who've had a heart attack in the past. They reduce the incidence of irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), and cut down on the amount of fat (or triglycerides) in your blood.
Sardines Prevent Muscular Degeneration
Sardines are health-promoting seafood you can eat to naturally increase muscle mass. There are several potent minerals in sardine that can trigger the production of hormones involved in muscle growth. The muscle-boosting nutrients in sardine include protein, omega-3 fats, calcium, selenium, vitamin B12, and many more.
Sardines Have Anti-Cancer Properties
Sardines are an excellent source of calcium since their bones typically are not removed before consumption. sardines are very good sources of the marine omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid and good sources of choline, selenium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. sardines are also a source of coenzyme Q10 Most of these compounds have been associated with lower risk of cancer, including breast cancer.
Strong bones - Sardines According to the National Institutes of Health, “lack of calcium has been singled out as a major public health concern because it is critically important to bone health.” These tiny fish are often overlooked as not only being great sources of calcium but superstars when it comes to the other bone-strengthening mineral, vitamin D.
Sardines Help Your Immune System
Sardines contain ample amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which may enhance immune function. Omega-3s may help to reduce inflammation and could increase your body's ability to ward off illnesses. The fats found in sardines may play an essential role in the cellular level of skin cells.
Sardines and Insulin Resistance
Getting plenty of fatties, and cold-water fish is critical for everyone, but especially diabetics. Sardines are high in omega-3, are a great source of fat and protein, and may help to slow the absorption of blood sugar when eaten with carbohydrates. Sardines may have a beneficial effect on fructose-induced metabolic syndrome on variables such as hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia, and oxidative and inflammatory status.
Try Some of Our Sardines
Made with only the finest natural ingredients. Wild caught and a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids, rich in protein and calcium. Each little fish is hand filleted, cleaned and hand packed to maintain it’s beautiful quality and appeal. Can be enjoyed in salads, pasta, as an appetizer or quick healthy snack
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