Jul 222011

Okay, this is going to be a very quick one, because I’m tired and busy, but it’s a little ode to something close to my heart…

The humble sardine.

This has been a old love affair recently rekindled for me. In fact, this stands as evidence that often “old wisdom” and (if we’re lucky) the actions of our parents can put us on solid ground.

So people harp on these days about how Omega-3 Fish Oil is pretty much the the nutrient to end all nutrients. Proven to improve things such as heart health, joint health and even brain function!
Remember this old saw: “Fish is brain food”? Remember hearing that a long long time before you ever heard about Omega-anything, let alone the phrase “Essential Fatty Acid”?

That’s probably why I have memories of eating sardines on toast as a child. My poor misguided mother, in the obvious dark ages of public health and nutritional knowledge, followed this ancient and outdated advice that eating fish would be good for the brain.

How I laugh as I look back! The vast superiority of my researched and consulted view on nutritional profiles, essential nutrients and performance oriented eating has lead me to…
Sardines on toast. (Olive oil in the can though, not the tomato one. Lots of additives that I just don’t need in there.)

Take it away, Wikipedia!

Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. Recent studies suggest that regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. These fatty acids may also help lower blood sugar levels a small amount. They are also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12, and protein.

Because they are low in the food chain, sardines are very low in contaminants, such as mercury, relative to other fish commonly eaten by humans.

Long story short; sardines = good for you. Also, usually very cheap.
Pro-tip: One can of sardines covers two pieces of toast very well and when the olive oil is combined with black pepper and generous dashes of tabasco sauce it is an utter delight!

Longer story short; if your mum is as smart as mine, listen to her. I look back and see such greatest hits of nutrition (on a very low budget) as sardines, amaranth, plenty of eggs and brewer’s yeast. (Can’t say I was crazy about the Nut Loaf though… horrible stuff.)

If you don’t have a mum as smart as mine, you can start by just listening to me! Made easier by subscribing to this blog… *points to the right hand column* Ehhhh? Keep in touch and I promise to point you in the right direction to make your own decisions wisely and to other resources to help you do it.

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  1. I will have to give it a try. The cost of protein is through the roof and if I can get all that from a little can of sardines–Why not? I’ll test it out.

    • Great to hear, Casey. Exactly my rationale; why ignore a present and convenient option? As long as testing goes well, it’s a valuable resource.
      If you happen to come across anything you think of in a similar way, I’d love to hear about it. I hope to make this topic a semi-regular item, just to give people a little help.

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