Wild Caught Salmon
versus Farm Raised Salmon

pink salmon steak

Wild caught salmon can supply your daily dosage of Vitamin D and is one of the health benefits of salmon.

Also wild salmon have an incredible supply of omega 3 fatty acids and an even better supply than farm raised salmon which are actually a fattier fish.

The health benefits of salmon makes it one of my favorite fish to eat and I like the taste of wild caught salmon over farm raised salmon.

Health Benefits of Salmon (Wild Caught)

  • Protein is high quality and easily digested
  • High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • High in Vitamin D
  • Good source of Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C & E found in some species
  • Good source of Vitamins B12, B6, and B3
  • High in the mineral Selenium
  • A source of zinc, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and magnesium

A 4 to 6 oz serving of wild salmon will give you your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D (very few foods can claim this), Omega-3 fatty acids, and Tryptophan which is an amino acid related to serotonin production in your brain.

Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that helps to maintain that "Happy Feeling".

This serving size will also get you close to your daily recommended dosage of the valuable mineral selenium and energy producing vitamin B12.

Eating Wild Caught Salmon

  • Facilitates Weight Loss
  • Improves Bone Health and Osteoporosis
  • Improves Immune System Function
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Prevents Blood Clots
  • Helps Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes
  • Protects Against Certain Cancers
  • Helps Battle Depression
  • Offers Eye Health Protection

The health benefits of wild caught salmon are numerous as you can see and that is how important nutrients such as vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids can be to your health.

Farm Raised Salmon and PCBs

Farm raised salmon are fatter and contain 50% or more fat than wild caught salmon.

They also have a higher amount of PCBs and heavy metals because of their higher fat content and diet.  PCBs are stored or collected in the fat of salmon.

Farm raised salmon's diet increases their amount of saturated fat and lowers their amount of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids.  However, they will still have a decent amount.

Salmon feed is typically made up of fish oil and cereal.  This feed has fish oil made largely from ground up small fish which are contaminated with PCBs.

Not only is the PCB concentration much higher in farmed salmon than wild, it may be higher than any major protein food source like beef.

PCBs have been linked with Cancer!  In other words, your risk for coming down with Cancer increases with every bite of farmed salmon.

Because of bad living conditions, these fish are given antibiotics to keep them alive.  And these farms have a bad impact on our environment.

Also, the farm raised salmon that die or escape spread disease and parasites to other marine life.

What are PCBs?

PCBs are persistent, cancer-causing chemicals that were banned in the United States in 1976.

PCBs are among the "Dirty Dozen" toxic chemicals slated for global phase-out under the United Nation's Convention on Persistent Organic Pollution, signed by President Bush in 2001.

Because of their persistence, PCBs continue to contaminate the environment and our food supply.  PCBs or Polychlorinated biphenyls are mixtures of up to 209 individual chlorinated compounds.

PCBs entered our air, water, and soil during their manufacture, use, and disposal.  Not to mention the contamination from accidental spills and leaks during their transport and from leaks or fires in products containing PCBs.

These toxins can travel long distances in the air and be deposited in areas far away from where they were originally released.

A small amount of PCBs can remain dissolved in water, but most stick to organic particles and bottom sediments.  PCBs also bind strongly to soil.

Tips to Eat Your Wild Caught Salmon

salmon sushi roll

Don't overcook your salmon or you will damage their valuable Omega 3 fatty acids which are a the major health benefits of salmon.

Steaming, poaching, or cooking at lower temperatures and for shorter cooking times will help to keep salmon's valuable nutrients intact.

If you choose salmon sushi the next time you visit a sushi bar, make sure it's wild caught salmon - try to avoid farm raised salmon. 

Although, because of the wild salmon shortage - it will cost you a small fortune these days.

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