Is it safe to eat sardines every day?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the question “is it safe to eat sardines every day?”. As well, we will discuss what are sardines, how are sardines commercial, what are canned sardines, what are the varieties of canned sardines, and other concerns about sardines. 

Is it safe to eat sardines every day?

No, it is not recommended to eat sardines every day because sardines contain levels of sodium, and if you are not tolerant, maybe not safe to eat sardines every day and yes for a few times per week.

What are sardines?

Sardines are ocean fishes and can also be called “pilchards”. The name sardines originates in Sardine, an island in Italy, but you can find other names for that fish, it will depend on the region. 21 species can be called sardines.

How are sardines commercial?

You can find different forms of sardines in the commerce, such as fresh sardines, canning sardines, drying sardines, smoking sardines, fish oil, and bait sardines. However, the canned sardines are very popular and you can find them in all or almost all grocery stores. 

What are canned sardines?

Canned is a technology used in the industries, you also can find other canned foods. The method of canning is to preserve food and avoid earlier spoilage by the storage, the containers are hermetically sealed and pass through sterilization by heat.

What are the varieties of canned sardines?

As canned sardines have a shelf life of many years, you can find many varieties in the grocery store. The sardines are cleaned, removed from their heads, processed, and hermetically sealed into containers with other ingredients. Below are listed some of them.

  • You can find sardines packed in olive oil;
  • You can find sardines packed in sunflower oil;
  • You can find sardines packed in soybean oil;
  • You can find sardines packed in water;
  • You can find sardines packed in tomato sauce;
  • You can find sardines packed in chili sauce;
  • You can find sardines packed in mustard sauce.    

What are the nutrients of sardines?

Like other fishes, sardines contain great amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and also contain proteins, B12 vitamin, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin D, phosphorus, selenium, calcium, and iodine.

What are the health benefits of eating sardines in moderation?

Like everything, it’s always recommended to keep moderation when eating food, and if you keep moderation eating sardines you can have many health benefits. According to WebMD, below are listed some health benefits of eating sardines.

  • Improves the health of the heart. The content of omega-3 fatty acids assists in keet the heart rhythms stabilize, removing the fat content triglycerides from the blood, and maintaining arteries with no blockages;
  • Improves the bones. The contents of calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for the reactions to maintain the bone strangers and the content phosphorous assist in the neutralization of acids that can damage the bones;
  • Improves nerves. The content of the B12 vitamin may assist in the reactions to maintain the sensory nerve function;

What is the dose of sardines to eat?

According to FoodHow, it’s suggested to eat sardines just one or two times per week, but it will depend on your diet. If you already eat foods that contain a lot of sodium, it’s better to eat fewer sardines per week. Healthy adults can eat sardines more than adults with the dysfunctions listed.   

Where can I buy sardines?

You can find canned sardines in almost all grocery stores and supermarkets, but if you are looking for fresh sardines, you may find them easily in seafood stores. Canned sardines are also sold online, as they don’t need to be stored under refrigeration.

What do I need to know when buying fresh sardines?

To reduce the chance of foodborne illness or popularly known as “food poisoning” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested following the list of tips below. 

  • Just choose fish that is refrigerated or exhibited on a wide bed of fresh ice;
  • The fish can never smell ammonia or sour;
  • The smell coming from the fish needs to be mild and fresh;
  • The fish need to have red gills;
  • The entire flesh of the fish needs to be firm, and when pressed should spring back;
  • If you choose fish filets, they need to exhibit no discoloration, blackness, or dry edges.  

What do I need to know if I will buy frozen sardines?

When you are going to buy frozen fish, you need to pay attention if the package is not damaged or kneaded. Take care of signs of crystals or frost ice, which indicates the fish were defrosted and refrozen.

How can I store sardines? 

If the fish will be consumed within 2 days after being bought, you can keep it in a clean refrigerator (40°F or below). If you know that you are not using the fish, it’s better to freeze it as soon as possible. To know more safety tips about it, click here

What is a recipe for fresh sardines?

As sardines are consumed worldwide, you can find many recipes for fresh sardines. If you click here, you will check the complete recipe for broiled sardines with lemon and thyme. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have discussed the question “is it safe to eat sardines every day?”. As well, we have discussed what are sardines, how are sardines commercial, what are canned sardines, what are the varieties of canned sardines, and other concerns about sardines. 

References

https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/selecting-and-serving-fresh-and-frozen-seafood-safely Accessed: 05/05/2022

https://foodhow.com/eating-canned-sardines-every-day/ Accessed: 05/05/2022

https://www.webmd.com/diet/canned-sardines-good-for-you Accessed: 05/05/2022

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardines_as_food Accessed: 05/05/2022

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