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Is there any issue with canned sardines being a staple in the diet? Heavy metal's, BPA's, cooking temperture, etc...

Commented on June 24, 2014
Created June 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

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 24, 2014
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Costco sometimes offers Seasons Sardines and/or Wild Planet Sardines (both canned in olive oil)

I prefer Wild Planet for taste, environmental concerns, and nutrition but both are healthy and cheap. Definitely go for the ones canned in olive oil if you're making it a staple.

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on June 23, 2014
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Thanks for responding! I eat alot of grassfed beef and pastured eggs as well. I just consider two cans of sardines a day pretty high dose is all and wanted to be sure! :)

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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.

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on June 24, 2014
at 08:59 PM

Costco sometimes offers Seasons Sardines and/or Wild Planet Sardines (both canned in olive oil)

I prefer Wild Planet for taste, environmental concerns, and nutrition but both are healthy and cheap. Definitely go for the ones canned in olive oil if you're making it a staple.

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on June 23, 2014
at 10:59 AM

Thanks for responding! I eat alot of grassfed beef and pastured eggs as well. I just consider two cans of sardines a day pretty high dose is all and wanted to be sure! :)

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on June 21, 2014
at 02:40 PM

Believe me, It's not all I eat, I rotate between grassfed beef, pastured eggs, and sardines. I still consider a staple though. Thanks for your response! :)

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