Fish are a healthy food—this much we know. But we also know that they’re not always the most convenient food to cook or eat. Many canned fish are “fishy” and either too dry or too oily; some are also pretty flavorless. But BELA-Olhão has perfected the art of canning sardines. Plump, meaty and pretty, too—their silvery skins shimmer on the plate—these are gourmet sardines.
Gourmet Health Food
These sardines contain calcium—30% of the daily recommended amount in one 4.25-ounce tin (a 3.5-ounce serving has more calcium than a cup of whole milk). Sardines are rich in coenzyme Q-10 and omega-3 fatty acids, plus a spate of vitamins and minerals. Coenzyme Q-10 can stave off heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, even depression. Omega-3 fatty acids aid the body in transferring oxygen, help with muscle elasticity, brain activity and are a positive influence on the blood vessels and heart.
With a mercury content of 0.016 ppm, the FDA calculates that sardines have one of the lowest levels of mercury among seafood. Their low mercury levels may be a result of a diet that consists mainly of krill and plankton. The more kinds of other fish a species eats, the more likely it is to absorb the mercury levels of the fish that it feasts upon (which is why shark mercury levels are so high—they eat so many kinds of fish, some of which contain a high mercury content).
If you’re trying to incorporate more fish into your diet, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of cooking it, crack open a tin of these sardines rather than a tired old can of tuna. See Page 3 for serving suggestions.
The environmentally-conscious will be glad to know that the sardines are wild caught, sustainably fished off a non-industrial coast and 100% dolphin safe.
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