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Are canned sardines really OK?

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  • Are canned sardines really OK?

    Hey all,

    I know I have seen canned sardines being recommended on the board and I'm wondering if they're really OK, as I've been eating them for a loooong time (various brands).

    The brand I like most is in a tomato sauce, and the ingredients are listed as :sardines, tomato paste (tomatoes, water, salt), water, salt. This doesn't look too sketchy but I just wanted to make sure I didn't have to be concerned about the tomato paste. I don't want to seem obsessive but I eat sardines a couple times a week, 2-3 cans at a time.

    Thank you!

  • #2
    I am pretty sure that somebody will pop up and say they may be bad for you, but don't listen to those scaremongers, nobody can live for ever anyway…
    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

    - Schopenhauer


    • #3
      Looks good to me. I use plain old tomato paste in soup all the time.

      I know the feeling of blocking the aisle for an hour while reading seafood cans--they seem to vary quite a lot.

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      • #4
        Nothing beats fresh can buy them frozen. Just a warning, you may want to cook them outside on the bbq because they really SMELL. your clothes will smell, and so will your skin for a day or two after cooking them . I love bbqing sardines and i dont mind the smell, I come from a portuguese background so we eat them a lot...mmm. They also taste a lot better than the canned ones. They taste nothing like the canned ones infact.


        • #5
          In a pinch, I eat them.

          I find that they tend to be canned in BPA-lined containers. Also, accumulation of histamines is not my cup of tea.
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          • #6
            They're ok as long as you check the ingredient list and they're not packed in soybean oil or any of the crap vegetables oils. I eat sardines with tomato sauce too, with soy sauce to enhance the flavor. I'm not giving up my soy sauce.
            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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            • #7
              I'm concerned about BPA also. There are some manufacturers that are using bpa free cans. Other than that, I love those little guys. Since fresh works out to about 75% more cost wise, right now I'm sticking with canned.

              Yesterday, my main meal consisted of two cans drained and then doused with mustard.
              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.


              • #8
                I love most fish and seafood and regularly eat anchovies, but I just cannot get into sardines. Maybe I just haven't tried the right kind?


                • #9
                  I actually like canned ones better than fresh (yeah, weird, I know). I didn't know that about the BPA. Thanks again everyone!