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)
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.
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 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.
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.