Should we eat Farm-Raised or Wild-Caught salmon?
Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Salmon is a great protein source to include in a healthy diet. Eating salmon contributes to many health benefits such as reducing inflammation with it's essential fatty acid content. The omega-3's in salmon also are important for brain function, eye sight, sperm production, and energy production! Salmon is high in B vitamins, vitamins D & A, and selenium. The American Dietary Guidelines recommends eating 8oz of seafood per week.
The question is... should we be eating farm-raised or wild-caught salmon? Wild-caught salmon is lower in both calories and saturated fat, and higher in protein. Being lower in fat, wild-caught contains less omega 3's (about 25% less) -a main reason for choosing fatty fish! Wild-caught salmon is seasonal and available in the summer time. Both wild and farmed salmon are safe to eat in moderation and provides an excellent source of nutrients. If choosing farmed salmon, find a reputable and sustainably-raised source. To avoid exposure to pollutants, contaminants, and antibiotics, keep it wild when possible!
Incorporate salmon into your healthy meal routine by adding in to pasta or rice dishes, top it on a salad, grill with vegetables, or swap chicken or tuna salad with salmon!