I just bought a can of wild caught, all natural, on sale SARDINES. Dr. David says they're very anti-cancer, and the least polluted of fish because they're so small. They are full of omega-3, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, protein, B12, selenium, and vitamin D.
AND THEY ARE FREAKIN DISGUSTING. Okay, so I haven't tried one yet. But I OPENED THE CAN! People EAT these?! Do you have to...like...skin them or something first?? The package says they are "delicious meaty portions cleaned and scaled." Do you not have to cook sardines that come in a can? They're already cooked? There are no cooking instructions on the package, so you really just PICK ONE UP AND EAT IT??
I have to Google "eating sardines," apparently. Have any of you eaten a sardine? What's it like? Oh, geez. The stupid can doesn't close now that I've opened it, so I have to eat these things before they stink up the house. Right now the can is sitting on a shelf near the computer. I'm just looking at it. From a distance.
UPDATE: Okay, now it's the following afternoon. After lots of reading about sardines via Google last night, and staring skeptically at the sardines, I did try them!! I discovered that while they taste really good to me - similar to tuna, maybe a little saltier - the look and feel is what grosses me out. The blotchy browns and grays, the weird stringy things inside if you pick at them too much, the itty bitty SPINES, ugh... But they are so freakin healthy I want to like them and eat them! I got some great advice and tips from my Facebook friends on how to make them more appetizing, and, SUCCESS! I just had a delicious lunch of a sardine sandwich on whole wheat sourdough bread. I mashed the sardines up with Goddess dressing (contains turmeric and black pepper - also very anti-cancer) and nutritional yeast, and pretended like it was a tuna sandwich, and it was awesome.
I'm now officially recommending sardines. :)