Sardines are types of small oily fish. They were named after the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where they were once found in abundance.
Sardines are rich in nutrients. They are commonly sold canned, but fresh sardines are often grilled, pickled or smoked. The nutrition value of the sardines is an interesting fact; they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This helps reduce the occurrence of heart disease, helps lower the blood sugar level and also the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. Sardines also are a good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12 and proteins.
However imported canned sardines which are available in the market, particularly those canned in oil are very high in cholesterol content, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Hence try not to use these canned sardines regularly.
If a coastal food lover you would know that sardine is a favourite food of the Keralites and the people of Tamil Nadu and coastal Karnataka. This fresh fish is fried or prepared as curries and enjoyed as a sea-food delicacy; hence in the coastal areas canned sardines are not popular.