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sardines in spring water or marinara sauce?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I haven't been on here in months! But I'm so excited because I get to order Wild Planet Sardines for $2.40/can, which is best deal I've ever had.

I'm going to order a case.

Now, should I get the ones in spring water or marinara sauce?

Spring Water Pros: slightly more protein for my buck (5 grams per can), the most "natural" Cons: a tad bit too plain and not as tasty without dressing (balsamic vinegar)

Marinara Sauce Pros: SO GOOD. I can eat this with just leafy greens and a half cup of other random vegetables with nothing else. Cons: SO GOOD...high sodium. SO GOOD. Isn't it some kind of paleo crime the world of " high food reward" issues? It kind of makes me feel guilty, ha. Acidic nature of tomatoes and cans...

Before you poke fun at me, 5 grams is a lot for me because I'm on a tight budget:).

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on December 03, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I've heard it argued that packaging sardines in olive oil helps preserve the good fats in the sardines in the packaging process. I drain the oil anyway.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 03, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Well, I would personally rather the tomato over the olive oil. I have completely cut out vegetable oils and won't be compromising that. My mistake for assuming as much of others. But, I'm sure I'm not the only one.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I asked the local grocery store whether they could order them in (they don't carry it on shelves). I feel like I get to purchase them at "pre-resale" price, which is pretty awesome.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on December 03, 2012
at 05:03 PM

That's an awesome price for Wild Planet -- where are you ordering these?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Whoa whoa whoa - tomato sauce isn't "healthier" than olive oil. They are completely different foods, and are each quite healthy in their own way. Now, tomato sauce in a metal tin v. olive oil in a metal tin? I'd go with the olive oil over the tomato. As you pointed out, you can add whatever you want after you open the can. You can choose any brand of sardines and avoid the acidic tomatoes leaching out BPA from any tins.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:31 PM

P.S. the Kimchi idea is brilliant.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I'm mostly getting them because of bpa free cans. The other brands are about 1.50/can for about 17 grams of protein. The spring water has about 33 g protein/can. I plan to split up my can to eat in two days (so $1.20)for lunch, with an egg to make up for extra protein.

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on December 03, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Why not with extra virgin olive oil? That's what I get. I get them at $2.25/can from Amazon. Free shipping with the Subscribe and Save program. I know these are BPA free

I think the food reward thing is dumb if you're dealing with healthy food. I don't believe it's a crime to really enjoy your food. As for sodium, if you're eating whole foods anyway, the sodium content is not likely to wreck you. In the end, get what gets you to eat them more often. :)

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Can't you buy the spring water sardines and eat them with tomatoes or homemade tomato sauce? You can probably find cheaper, fresher and higher quality tomatoes if you buy them separately yourself.

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Cbdc8318738324492f2d5918868ce4c9

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on December 04, 2012
at 11:13 AM

The Marinara Sauce version ingredients seem ok, if you like it better. The "Sugar" - there is 0 g carbs per serving, so negligible.

http://www.wildplanetfoods.com/store/products/wild-california-sardines-in-marinara-sauce.html :

Wild Sardines in Marinara Sauce Ingredients: Sardines, Spring Water, Tomato Paste, Garlic, Sugar, Salt, Oregano, Pepper Powder, Basil.

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on December 03, 2012
at 07:54 PM

I get either the packed in spring water or the packed in olive oil. Lately, I've been leaning towards the olive oil packages because it's one less thing to add to my salad (just dump the contents on the greens) and because I've been trying to get more calories in. I think either are good. If they're on sale I'd just stock up on both.

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7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

(2064)

on December 03, 2012
at 07:01 PM

Watch out for food canned in 'olive oil'. In the UK that doesn't mean all olive oil - it's usually a little olive oil and a lot of sunflower oil.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:54 PM

i usually buy the ones in olive oil. i haven't tried marinara with sardines before. sounds kind of gross haha

i would just pick the one you like more because you want to look forward to eating your food. i hate eating food that doesn't excite my taste buds.

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 03, 2012
at 03:22 PM

I think most of us would consider tomato sauce a healthier choice to olive oil.

I usually just add to the spring water sardines. Kimchi, lemon juice, cayenne, fresh dill... it's only a couple bits, just stomp it down - gone.

Also, there's cheaper brands. I'd be skeptical of any superior quality claims. It's a wild caught tiny fish. Nobody's picking out the pretty ones. Just look for no preservatives.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:31 PM

P.S. the Kimchi idea is brilliant.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I'm mostly getting them because of bpa free cans. The other brands are about 1.50/can for about 17 grams of protein. The spring water has about 33 g protein/can. I plan to split up my can to eat in two days (so $1.20)for lunch, with an egg to make up for extra protein.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Whoa whoa whoa - tomato sauce isn't "healthier" than olive oil. They are completely different foods, and are each quite healthy in their own way. Now, tomato sauce in a metal tin v. olive oil in a metal tin? I'd go with the olive oil over the tomato. As you pointed out, you can add whatever you want after you open the can. You can choose any brand of sardines and avoid the acidic tomatoes leaching out BPA from any tins.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on December 03, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I've heard it argued that packaging sardines in olive oil helps preserve the good fats in the sardines in the packaging process. I drain the oil anyway.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 03, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Well, I would personally rather the tomato over the olive oil. I have completely cut out vegetable oils and won't be compromising that. My mistake for assuming as much of others. But, I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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