Do you know the difference between farmed fish vs. wild fish?

fresh salmonAccording to a recent article by Prevention Magazine that interviewed various food experts on what food items to avoid, farmed fish is one items they said they do not eat.

The expert interviewed published a major study in the Journal Science on fish contamination.  He says that farmed fish are fed soy, poultry litter and chicken feathers which nature certainly did not intend for them to consume.  As a result the farmed fish is lower in nutrients and much higher in contaminants.  The contaminates include carcinogens, PCB’s and DDT pesticides. The farmed fish as in the case with chickens and beef are doused in antibiotics and chemicals.

He further said that you can eat farmed salmon once every 5 months without increasing your cancer risk.  WOW!  That is scary.  As someone who has bought farmed fish in the past, primarily due to lack of information, I am pretty sure that I won’t be buying farmed fish in the future, but the interesting fact is that 80% of the salmon in the market actually comes from a salmon farm.

As the saying goes – you are what you eat and so is the chicken, beef and seafood. Everything that the fish eats will eventually makes its way into your and your family’s system.

So what’s the solution for avoiding farmed fish?

  • Buy only wild-caught Alaska Salmon.
  • Stay away from Fresh Atlantic as that is a marketing gimmick for farmed Fish. If you do decide to eat Farmed Salmon, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) suggests eating Farmed Salmon once a month.
  • If the cost of wild caught Salmon is too high for your family budget cut down your fish consumption to perhaps once a week or once in two weeks. This way when you do feed the real stuff to your family you are  feeding highly nutritious  quality fish to your family.
  • Farmed Salmon does not can very well so majority of the fish n the cans is Wild Alaskan, so you are better off buying canned Salmon.

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