There’s a great deal of nutritional information written about the health benefits of Omega-3 fats in our diets.  A recent article from Eating Well Magazine adds to the growing literature.  Do you like sardines?  If so, you’re in luck as they are “the #1 food you should eat (and probably don’t)” according to health and environmental experts.  “These nutritional powerhouses are one of the best sources of omega-3 fats, with a whopping 1,950 mg/per 3 oz. (that’s more per serving than salmon, tuna or just about any other food) and they’re packed with vitamin D. And because sardines are small and low on the food chain, they don’t harbor lots of toxins like bigger fish can.”  Because more and more people are consuming fish oil pills to receive the health benefits of Omega-3 fats, there is a growing concern about the sustainabilty of this practice.  Sustainabilty is not a major concern with sardines, however, because “they’re . . .one of the most sustainable fish around. Quick to reproduce, Pacific sardines have rebounded from both overfishing and a natural collapse in the 1940s, so much so that they are one of Seafood Watch’s ‘Super Green’ sustainable choices.”

If you simply can’t bear the thought of consuming sardines, try these recipes  (scroll down to find the “Healthy Sardine Recipes”) to make them more palatable.