🐟 Everyone touts the health benefits of eating salmon, but do you know why & what kind of salmon you should actually be eating?

Well, let me help demystify all of this for you today.

Salmon is an amazing source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, clean protein, vitamin D, B-12, calcium, selenium & astaxanthin (what gives Salmon its distinctive color)

However, just like any other food, where it comes from, how it’s raised & what it eats are super important to just how good those nutrients are.

So, as you would suspect, wild-caught salmon is better for you than farm-raised salmon.

This may sound cliche, but you are what you eat & even more so important, you are what you eat…ate.

🦐 Wild caught salmon eat whatever they come across in the waters, like krill, shrimp, zooplankton, herring, & other small fish, all of which are full of amazing nutrients that get passed into the salmon & then onto you when you eat it.

Also as they are not confined to a fish pen, they get lots of movement, which allows for a firmer bite, a lower fat content & lower calories too than farm-raised salmon.

🏭 Farm-raised salmon are typically fed a controlled diet of soy & corn based (just like traditionally raised steer, pigs & chickens) & supplemented with synthetic astaxanthin to give it some color.

It’s this feed that makes the farm-raised fish overall less beneficial in terms of the good quality nutrients.

One of the most important factors is that farm-raised salmon is higher in omega-6 vs omega-3 fatty acids, which we don’t want.

Higher consumption of omega-6 fatty acids is well documented to support inflammation vs higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory.

Farm-raised salmon could also be much higher in contaminants, antibiotics & toxins due to the overcrowding of their pens & poor filtration.

With all of this, it’s clear that you want wild-caught salmon over farm-raised salmon.

So what should you look for when buying wild-caught salmon.

  • Fresh caught is best, but be sure it’s fresh otherwise go for IQF’d
  • Deep reddish-orange color
  • Firm & moist flesh
  • Fewer fat striations

Strive to eat wild salmon (or any other wild-caught fatty fish) at least twice a week to get the benefits.

Salmon is also super versatile in terms of cooking methods & taking on flavors.

Try pan-roasting it with the skin side down & serving it with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, fennel, olives, capers, lemon & olive oil.

Eat the skin, that’s the best part!

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