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Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

06th March 2012
Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

Did you know that the flesh of farm-raised salmon is actually an unappetizing gray color? If you saw what the meat of farmed salmon actually looked like, trust me, you would not eat it. Salmon farmers add a dye called canthaxanthin to the protein pellets they feed the salmon to turn the flesh pink. This makes the farmed stuff “look” like wild, but “looks” are just about the only thing that wild and farmed salmon have in common.

Canthaxanthin dye is not the only thing added to your diet if you decide to eat farm-raised salmon. You will also be ingesting large amounts of dioxins, PCB’S, fire retardants, antibiotics, and pesticides! In addition to these contaminants, farm-raised salmon has an unhealthy ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are integral in preventing diseases like cardiovascular disease, depression, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Omega 6’s are essential also but the American diet is overridden with them and in excess they can be very harmful to your health. Farmed salmon has an unhealthy amount of pro-inflammatory Omega 6 fatty acids, and very little of the anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s. From a health perspective, it is absolutely pointless to eat farmed salmon because you are not getting the Omega 3’s you need and your body is being polluted with toxins and inflammatory fats.

To make matters worse, salmon farms are killing off the surrounding wild salmon populations. Aquaculture farms have been set up to breed millions of salmon in overcrowded, filthy enclosures where the fish suffer from parasitic infections, diseases, and debilitating injuries that are spread easily to the surrounding wild fish.

Unfortunately, farmed salmon is much cheaper than wild salmon, but in my opinion, it isn’t worth the money. To make things more confusing, not all wild salmon are caught using environmentally safe methods. So the only type of salmon that is worth your money is caught in Alaska. All wild Alaskan salmon is healthy and caught using sustainable measures from a pristine environment. Wild salmon is a phenomenal source of heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins D, B3, B6, & B12, tryptophan, selenium, phosphorus, choline, potassium, and protein.

I found it is more affordable to buy the individually wrapped frozen salmon from Whole Foods. It’s $9.99 for 2 individually wrapped filets and all though I prefer fresh, it’s less than half the price of fresh wild salmon. I also started cooking with canned wild Alaskan Salmon from Trader Joes because it is very inexpensive.

Does anyone purchase wild Alaskan salmon for a reasonable price somewhere else in the South Bay? Please share if you do. Leave a comment on my Facebook Page. You can also follow me on Twitter.


More information:

Factory Farmed vs. Wild Salmon – Mark’s Daily Apple



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