The American diet, for those of us here in the US, is seriously lacking in Omega 3 fatty acids. When we have more Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids, we can experience the discomfort of menopause symptoms like hot flashes, joint pain, vaginal dryness, and even the thinning skin of aging. This is a result of the inflammatory response of Omega 6 not being properly balanced with the Omega 3 fatty acids.
Omega 6 is found in vegetable oil, mayo, margarine, nuts and seeds, for example. Good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids include flaxseed, walnuts, and oily fish like salmon and tuna.
But one fish that you may not have considered is an excellent source of Omega 3 because it does not of the danger of mercury that salmon and tuna have. That fish is the sardine.
When is the last time you ate sardines? It had been years for me, until just recently. When I became aware of their great health benefits, I decided to eat them at least weekly. Sardines can be safely eaten straight out of the can, but if that doesn’t appeal to you, there are several recipes available online to try.
I made a simple salad.
Green leaf lettuce
sardines in mustard sauce
a splash of red wine vinegar
Try it for yourself, and let me know how you like it.
Do you have a favorite way of eating sardines? Share it in the comments.
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