Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What nutritional benefit can you get from a can of sardines?

What's in a can of sardines? 

What’s in a can of sardines?

You must’ve been tired eating the same good ól sardines by this time—being the most popular relief good being given and distributed by most local government units in support of its people. After all, it’s been 2 months since the government has declared the lockdown and we were all on quarantine for the longest time. But before you complain yet again, please don’t underestimate the nutritional benefits of a can of sardines. It’s one of the most nutritious foods (just don’t overdo eating them), in case you didn't know. It's hard to believe that it can be nutritious, right? I've discovered proofs.

Check out what’s in a can of sardines below:

There are a lot of options when it comes to sardines: in olive oil, in corn oil, in tomato sauce, in brine, in water etc. 

Sardines are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids

Sardines are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that aids in providing us with good cholesterol that protects our hearts and blood vessels which in turn protects us from heart attacks and stroke. 

It has Coenzyme Q10

Sardines have Coenzyme Q10, a rich anti-oxidant that gives us enough energy to last through the day.

It is rich in Calcium

The calcium found in sardines strengthens our bones. With proper exercise and diet, it helps prevent the risk of osteoporosis.

It is loaded with Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps in better calcium absorption which strengthens our bones and prevents fractures.

It has Phosphorus

Sardines are one of those foods rich in phosphorus needed by the body for better bone health.

Sardines won't make you fat

It is low in calories so this is also good for those in a diet. It is rich in protein that gives enough energy.

It is low in Mercury content

When consuming kinds of seafood, we have to avoid fish rich in mercury content. But sardines that use only small types of fish like anchovy, catfish, milkfish, etc. have low mercury content so they are safe to eat.

It is best to consume sardines with tomato sauce

Tomato sauce is rich in lycopene and beta-carotene—both are proven to fight certain types of cancers, heart ailments and prostate-related diseases. 

At the end of the day, we should still be thankful for being alive and in good health. And while we open every can of sardines being given to us as relief goods, we need to be grateful for having something to eat for sustenance. You can also try reading my post about Quarantine Cooking Hacks and be creative with your cooking with whatever is on your kitchen cupboards. 

It is only during these times that I learned to value and appreciate that indeed “every gising is a blessing.” I’m sure you’re having a difficult time as well, just like everyone else. My recent write up on how to cope up during this Covid-19 pandemic may be able to help you, so please do check that out. Lastly, let’s all pray that we all surpass this and looking forward to the day when we could hug our loved ones again and enjoy eating a can of sardines without looking back on this horrible virus outbreak that has plagued us worldwide.

Stay safe! 

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