Best Canned Sardines in Tomato Sauce - A Mood Food and Nutrition Facts

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I consider La Sirena in tomato sauce to be the best; flat, red, oval can; the 15 oz. size.

Sardines as food; canned sardines are another super food aka wonder food.


All about sardines as food.

Sardine Health and Nutrition Benefits

  • They’ve got all the B-complex vitamins we all need.
  • They’re loaded with vitamin D.
  • They’ve got a decent amount of vitamin E and some vitamin K.
  • As for minerals, it’s a veritable bonanza. Lots of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium.
  • Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.
As a side note...  Whenever I feel anxious or depressed, the nutrients in a can of sardines almost always makes me feel better. The vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 do indeed have a well-known, positive effect on mood and emotions.

Sardines are also surprisingly inexpensive for their value. A big, red, flat can of them costs around $2 (your prices may vary). Usually, they will already be in a tomato sauce. Just pour into a proper bowl, microwave for two minutes and enjoy. As a side note, be sure to cover with a paper plate or whatever before microwaving; otherwise, you may have a very messy microwave oven cleaning project to look forward to.

And the usual seafood mercury poisoning fears are not a concern here. The larger and more long-lived the fish, the higher the mercury concentration levels. Sardines are short-lived and small. Mercury contamination is almost nonexistent.


This USDA page will tell you everything you could possibly ever want to know about sardine nutrition: USDA FoodData Central re: Sardines.

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