Wild Caught Salmon
versus Farm Raised Salmon

pink salmon steak

Wild caught salmon can supply your daily dosage of Vitamin D and it's one of the health benefits of consuming wild salmon.

Also, wild salmon has an incredible amount of omega 3 fatty acids.  Although, farm raised salmon will actually have more omega 3's, but that's because they are raised to be a fatty fish which also contains quite a bit more Omega 6.

The health benefits of salmon makes it one of the most nutritious fish.  However, be sure you understand the difference between wild caught salmon versus farm raised salmon.

Wild Caught Salmon Nutrition

4 to 6 oz serving of wild caught salmon gives you the RDA of Vitamin D and very few foods can make this claim.

It can also give you the RDA for Omega 3 and Tryptophan (amino acid involved in serotonin production).

This serving size also gets you close to the daily recommended dosage of the mineral selenium and energy producing Vitamin B12.

  • 22 Grams of Protein per 3 oz. Serving
  • High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • High in Vitamin D
  • Good Source of Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C & E Found in Some Species
  • Great Source of Vitamins B12 & Good Source of B6 and B3
  • High in the Mineral Selenium
  • Good Source of Zinc, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium

Health Benefits of Wild Caught Salmon

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

The health benefits of wild caught salmon are numerous as you can see!   And most people know just how important nutrients such as Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids can be to keeping you healthy.

Tips to Eat Your Wild Caught Salmon

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

Steaming, poaching, or cooking at lower temperatures is recommended.

Also, cooking for a shorter time will help to keep salmon's valuable nutrients intact.

salmon sushi roll

If you choose salmon sushi the next time you visit a sushi bar, be sure it's sashimi grade wild caught salmon

If the sushi bar you're eating at is serving farmed raised salmon, it will most likely be sashimi grade or sushi grade. 

However, this only means that parasites were eliminated by freezing the salmon for a regulated period of time. 

It does not mean that the salmon is free of toxins.

Nutritional Profile
Wild Caught Salmon vs. Farmed Raised Salmon

Wild salmon get their nutrients in the wild from natural foods like algae and plankton.  Farmed raised salmon are fed a higher fat diet made up of foods like soybeans, grains, and fish meal.

Wild Caught Salmon Contains More:

Protein, Calcium, Selenium, Zinc, Iron, Potassium. Magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, and Antioxidant Astaxanthin

Farmed Raised Salmon Contains More:

Saturated Fat, Omega 3, Omega 6, Calories, Sodium, Phosphorus, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B9

Because farmed salmon are raised in pens and fattened similarly to factory farmed cattle, their fat is known to contain many many contaminates and toxins.  Herbicides, heavy metals, flame retardants, and PCB's are usually found in farmed raised salmon.

And on top of that, farmed salmon are known to be given a coloring additive in their pellets which gives their meat an orange-like or pinkish color which is more appetizing than what would otherwise be a gray colored salmon.

Just so you know, Atlantic salmon is most likely going to be farmed raised salmon because it is considered to be an endangered species.  Also, just because salmon is labelled as being wild, doesn't necessarily mean it is wild.  If it looks like farmed raised salmon, it probably is!

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 the fish meal in their diet. 

PCBs are stored and collect in the fat of farmed salmon.

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

Because of bad living conditions, these fish are given antibiotics to keep them alive.  Also, these farms have a bad impact on our environment.  The farm raised salmon that die or escape can 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 entered our air, water, and the soil during their manufacture, use, and disposal.  Also, contamination from accidental spills and leaks during their transport and from leaks or fires in products containing PCBs.

Because of their persistence, PCBs continue to contaminate the environment and our food supply. 

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

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