Wild Planet Wild Sardines – delicious and one of the Best sources of Omega 3

Product: Wild Planet Wild Sardines

Price: $28.78 (case of 12 tins)

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Size of Container: 4.4 oz

My Rating: 10 out of 10

Sardines

I don’t generally buy much canned meat. Sardines are the big exception. There is so much good about them. I eat them about 4 tins a week. Sardines, some places they’re called pilchard, are actually a variety of small oily fish related to herring. Not only are the delicious, full of protein and healthy fats, they are also one of the best sources of Omega 3 available.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are often called the “good” fat. They raise HDL. They are anti inflammatory. They help keep the arteries clear of plaque, they fight depression, improve brain development in infants, the list goes on and on.

Animals cannot synthesize Omega 3. We have to get it from our diet. Omega 3 is mostly created by green plants. This is one of the reasons grass fed beef is better. Grass contains Omega 3. The grains fed to feed lot cattle are not green plants and are almost entirely Omega 6. The largest source of Omega 3 on the planet is plankton. The diet of sardines is 100% plankton. Sardines are very high in Omega 3.

Mercury

We are constantly being told that we should be limiting our consumption of seafood because the ocean has become polluted with Mercury. As big fish eat little fish that mercury gets more and more concentrated. By the time you get up to the apex predators, like swordfish, shark, or marlin, the mercury is so concentrated that these fish should not be eaten at all.

Sardines, on the other hand, are at the very bottom of the food chain, feeding solely on plankton. They contain very little mercury and can be safely eaten more often.

Sustainability

You may have heard that the North Atlantic sardines and pilchard have been so overfished that they are now considered threatened with extinction. Things are different with Pacific Sardines. The Pacific Coast Sardine population recently crashed but over fishing is not the culprit, at least not entirely. The North Pacific Sardine population has always gone through booms and crashes due primarily to cyclic fluctuations in the North Pacific Gyre. This phenomenon is known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation,

The sardines were plentiful in the 1930s when John Steinbeck wrote about Cannery Row. The population crashed in the 50s and the canneries closed. There was another boom and crash in the 80s. By the turn of the century, they had recovered again. 2006 was the highest, then they crashed again.

By 2014, Federal Fisheries management slashed the allowable catch totals by two-thirds. In 2015, they declared a complete moratorium on sardine fishing. That ban remains in place today. The Sardines we buy today are mostly caught on the other side of the Pacific where population numbers are better. Since sardine fishing is so heavily managed, I’d call that sustainable.

Every time the sardines have gone away they have returned. Will global climate change disrupt this cycle? That’s a much bigger question.

Wild Planet Wild Sardines

Wild Planet Sardines are my choice. They are sustainably sourced from managed fisheries. They come in several different preparations, from plain, to packed in olive oil, to packed in marinara sauce. I’ve tried some of the others but my usual choice is water packed, no added salt. Then I can add my own other ingredients.

They are not the cheapest sardines on the market, but for all their goodness and quality they are a good value. They are delicious and a mainstay of my Ketogenic Diet.

 

4 Replies to “Wild Planet Wild Sardines – delicious and one of the Best sources of Omega 3”

  1. your website is very intriging and i love how i can navigate your website easily. The colours are also good since it grabs my attention. I also never had the time to create an elabrate meal but your website caters for my time since it provides it for me. I’ve never been more happy. Also if you could add more pictures and maybe videos that would be great.

    1. Thanks for your comments. I agree with you about adding more pictures and videos.  The trouble is finding free ones is difficult and I’m too cheap to pay for them. I use Google Advanced search and Wikimedia Commons, but sometimes the pickin’s are slim. Do you know any other good sources for pubic domain images? 

  2. Hello; Do you believe that it is possible for the Sardine population to be extinct? Even when some countries might have provided an exclusive feeding zone for domesticated fish, the ocean is not a small place, and fish swims to wherever they want.

     No chain nor padlock can secure the movement of the fish. Considering how many million fish per year one dozen fish produce. I do not support the claim that the Fisheries department place on sardines. It could because of the Sardines supplies Omega 3 Why there is a band on it capturing in some parts.

    DorcasW

    1. Other species have been hunted and fished to extinction, and other species are under threat from habit loss caused by development as well as the effects of global climate change. I suppose it could happen to sardines, too. Personally I think curtailing the catch when supplies are low and increasing quotas when the fish rebound makes sense.

      Regarding a conspiracy to keep us from getting Omega 3, I can’t think who would benefit from that. Except maybe the health care industry. Please explain what you mean. 

      Reminds me of a quip I heard recently:

      “1/3 of what I eat keeps me alive. The other 2/3 keeps my doctor alive”

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