Sardines are a nutrient-rich fish commonly consumed in all countries with sea shore. They are commonly served in the Mediterranean region (south-east Europe).
Sardines are rich in vitamins and minerals. A small serving of sardines once a day can provide 13% of vitamin B2; roughly one-quarter of niacin, and about 150% of the recommended daily value of vitamin B12.All B vitamins help to support proper nervous system function and are used for energy metabolism, or converting food into energy.Also, sardines are high in the major minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and some trace minerals such as iron and selenium.
Sardines are also a natural source of marine omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease.Recent studies suggest the regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and can even boost brain function.These fatty acids may also help lower blood sugar levels a small amount. They are also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, and protein.
Because they are low in the food chain, sardines are very low in contaminants, such as mercury, relative to other fish commonly eaten by humans.
We serve fresh sardines grilled with just some spices and some slices of lemon. You can also add a Greek traditional Tzatziki sauce to go with it.