As I'm sure alot of you know, cooking on the paleo diet can really take a large chunk of your day if you not smart about it. Foods that don't require much prep like avocados and sardines are truly life savers. Another huge benefit of sardines is the high amounts of bioavaible calcuim (among other things like vitamin D3, organs, and omega-3's), which is great because I don't consume any dairy (I would just supplement with calcium but I've heard some awful things about it).
Anyways, to the point, I consume roughly two cans of King Oscar sardines canned in water a day. On one of the mercury calculators it says I'm only at 43% of the recommend upper limits of mercury intake http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/calcul... But I would like to get a second opinion. I'm also concerned about other metals like arsenic. King Oscar claims to be BPA free but it seems real sketchy https://www.facebook.com/KingOscarSeafood/posts/586556228035044
I also couldn't find any information on the temperature they use to cook them. It says on the package wood smoked but who can really be certain.
Lastly, is there any other thing that could be present in King Oscars sardines that could pose a risk? Anything I'm leaving out? Thanks guys your the best! :)
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on June 20, 2014
at 09:52 PM
I don't know about cooking temperatures, but my understanding is the smaller the fish, the less mercury is a concern.
There is another brand, packed in olive oil and in a BPA free can. I can't remember the name of the brand, offhand, but they are sold at Costco for a very good price.
I hate to see anyone rely on just source of protein exclusively like that--sardines may be missing some essential micronutrients you get from other protein sources. You can easily boil up a dozen eggs on a weekend or evening to eat throughout the week, and have some meat or offal a few times a week without a lot of time and expense.