Sardines are not only delicious but they’re surprisingly full of important nutrients that promote good health. Canned sardines are also convenient and readily available, making it easy to add them to a range of recipes for that boost of nutrients. More importantly, canned sardines are just as rich in nutrients as fresh ones while being much easier to store in your pantry. Read on to learn about some of the surprising benefits of sardines and don’t be surprised if you find yourself stocking up on canned sardines for your pantry next time you’re at the grocery store.
1. Keep You Full
While they’re low in calories, sardines are high in protein and healthy fats. All of this makes them the perfect food to incorporate into your meals to curb your appetite and keep you full longer. Try putting canned sardines into your lunch bag to pair with a salad at work or school—you’ll be surprised how satiated you’ll feel.
2. Essential Vitamins and Minerals
We all know we should aim to consume foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals but which foods are the best bang for your buck? Packed with vitamin B12, vitamin B3, vitamin B2, vitamin D, calcium, and selenium, sardines are the perfect choice.
3. Antioxidant Properties
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body, which are linked to a number of illnesses. Selenium is an antioxidant that is found in sardines and fights these free radicals.
4. Support Healthy Bones
As children, our parents reminded us that milk helps keep bones strong because it’s rich in calcium, but milk isn’t the only source of calcium. Sardines are a great source of calcium that, coupled with exercise, support bone health.
5. Glowing Skin
The healthy fats found in sardines play an important role in skin health, reducing inflammation and promoting a healthy glow.
6. Brain Food
Your brain is made up of about 60% fat and half of that is omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, your brain uses omega-3s to build brain and nerve cells. Omega-3s are also important for learning and memory, making them an important nutrient for kids and adults alike. To get kids eating sardines, introduce canned sardines as a fun snack and let them participate by fishing them out of the can.
7. Low Environmental Impact
Sardines are fast growing and reproduce quickly. They’re also caught with very little impact on other marine life species. All of this means that they’re a great sustainable source of protein and nutrients. So, when you’re enjoying sardines you’ll not only know you’re doing something good for your body, but you’ll also be able to rest assured that you’re making a responsible choice for the environment.