In 2009, Food Network star Alton Brown lost 50 pounds in just nine months. Not one to eat bad-tasting diet foods, the chef credited his weight loss to eating large quantities of sardines. Although many people don’t care for these oily little sea creatures, Brown finds them tasty and enjoys their nutritional benefits.
“They’re delicious and amazingly healthy,” he said in an interview with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “I’m also a fan of eating lower on the marine food chain and sardines fit the bill. So do herring, which I’m also fond of.” He worked with the aquarium promote their Seafood Watch program, which educates consumers about making seafood dishes that are healthy for both themselves and the oceans.