Last updated: January 26, 2017 As soon as I tried sardines for the first time, I was hooked on the instant energy boost that sardines can give you. Ever since then, I’ve been raving about the best canned sardines that I now eat on a weekly basis.
This article will do the following for you:
- Give you accurate canned sardine nutrition information
- Help you understand if you should eat sardine bones or not
- Recommend the best brands of canned sardines to buy
- Warn you about which types of canned sardines to avoid
Canned sardine nutrition
Canned sardines are a powerhouse meal or snack that you can eat at any time of the day.
When you eat wild caught canned sardines, you’ll be taking in the following beneficial ingredients:
- EPA & DHA Omega-3 oils (amazing for your skin, hair and brain function)
- Protein (good for building muscle)
- Calcium (excellent for your bones)
- CoQ10 (antioxidant – prevents cellular damage and can help you live longer)
- Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, iron, selenium and more
Plenty of people eat sardines daily just to help build muscle and maintain great-looking hair. But, sardines actually provide many more benefits than just that.
By eating wild caught canned sardines, you’ll also be taking care of your brain, heart and cells in addition to your good looks.
How to tell if canned sardines contain bones or not
To tell if canned sardines contain bones or not, simply pay attention to the exact wording on your package of sardines.
If your pack of sardines says, ‘Skinless and Boneless’ on it, then it won’t contain any bones.
If your pack of sardines doesn’t mention anything about being boneless, then it most likely contains bones.
Can you eat canned sardine bones?
Canned sardine bones consist of some of the best, most natural food-grade calcium you can get.
While not everyone likes to eat sardine bones (they’re kinda’ crunchy), I think they’re pretty tasteless and great for your overall health.
In my opinion, you might as well eat sardine bones, or you’d be missing out on a major perk of canned sardines.
The bottom line is that sardine bones are perfectly edible and safe to eat. Just make sure that you chew carefully, and enjoy the boost of calcium that you receive.
The 3 best canned sardines to buy
1. Wild Planet canned sardines
I like the Wild Planet brand of canned sardines because they’re wild caught, cleaned well, and the cans are BPA-free.
Because BPA is a hormone disruptor, I’m big on avoiding it as much as possible (you can’t always avoid it, but it’s a good idea to limit your intake of BPA).
It’s also nice to know that Wild Planet sardines are caught in the Pacific Ocean, off the West Coast of the USA – so you’re getting canned seafood that’s as fresh as possible.
The Wild Planet Sardines in Marinara Sauce is my favorite product of theirs. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of sardines in general, and marinara sauce does a pretty good job of masking sardine flavor.
Some people love the taste of sardines, and to them, I recommend Wild Planet Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
2. King Oscar Wild Caught canned sardines
I like King Oscar Sardines because they’re wild caught in Norwegian waters, come in BPA-free cans, and offer more interesting flavors than any other sardine brands.
I personally enjoy King Oscar Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Hot Jalapeno Peppers.
3. Crown Prince canned sardines
Crown Prince is another great brand of canned sardines.
The Crown Prince sardines are wild caught, and are usually from either Morocco or Scotland. The cans are BPA-free, and they offer a pretty standard lineup of flavors.
Crown Prince also offers plenty of skinless and boneless varieties of sardines. So, you’ll probably want to try Crown Prince if you don’t like crunching on sardine bones (even though sardine bones are healthy for you).
I recommend Crown Prince Brisling Sardines – Mediterranean Style.
While there are many other brands of canned sardines available, these three brands of canned sardines are the most popular and trustworthy. You can almost always find at least one of these three brands of sardines for sale in your local grocery store, or you can choose to order them from Amazon.
I regularly eat all three of these sardine brands, and can personally vouch for them.
Warning about farm raised sardines
The reason that I recommend only three brands of sardines is because I know they’re wild caught and safe to eat.
And, you should not eat farm raised sardines under any circumstances, because farm raised seafood can actually be harmful to your health.
Farm-raised sardines are bred in unnatural conditions, don’t eat proper diets, and tend to be dirty, since they swim around in an enclosed (bacteria-infested) environment.
If you stick with the three brands listed above, you’ll at least know that you’re getting safe seafood.
For added peace of mind, Wendy Myers of Live to 110 agrees that when you choose to eat high-quality and wild-sourced sardines, you’ll be eating some of the safest fish in the world.
At a price of just a few dollars per pack of sardines, you really can’t go wrong with tossing some sardines on sprouted grain bread or lettuce, and enjoying a quick and nutritious meal.
Canned sardines are one of the least expensive and most nutritious foods that you can buy.
You might as well take advantage of this cheap, powerful and nutritious seafood, and enjoy every last bite.
Your mind and body will thank you.