Whether you're a fan of sardines or not, there's no denying they've got some amazing health benefits.
From regulating cholesterol levels and helping prevent cardiovascular disease, to having huge amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and calcium, the benefits seem endless.
But in a huge scientific discovery published in the Clinical Nutrition journal, a new study has found the regular consumption of sardines can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
152 patients aged 65 and over, all who had pre-diabetes, were put on a nutritional program and divided into categories.
One group added 200g of sardines to their weekly diet (two cans worth of sardines), and were told to eat the sardine whole (bones and all) as the skeletons are high in calcium and vitamin D.
For the group that did not add sardines to their weekly diet, after one year, 22% were still at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, when at the beginning of the study, 27% were at risk.
For the group who did eat sardines each week, only 8% were still in the high risk category after one year, when at the beginning of the study, 37% were considered high risk.
Researchers also found an improvement in insulin resistance, increased 'good' cholesterol as well as a decrease in blood pressure.
Basically, sardines have a protective effect against the onset of diabetes thanks to their rich amount of taurine, omega-3, calcium and vitamin D.
Adding these to your diet on a regular basis, along with other healthy fat and high protein foods, can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and keep your brain and body healthy.
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