If you're eating Farmed Salmon, you might want to think twice

June 5, 2017by Rachael Condon0
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Wild Alaskan Salmon is a superfood but Farmed Salmon not so much…

Most people are already aware of the health benefits of eating oily fish. Did you know that if you consume oily fish twice a week you can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by about 35%? That’s massive!

But I’m not here to tell you about the health benefits of oily fish in this post. What I really want to talk about is something less known – not all salmon is equal.

Essentially, there are two kinds – Wild Salmon and Farmed Salmon. And the difference in the two is huge.

Wild Salmon

Also known as Alaskan Salmon, Sockeye Salmon or Red Salmon. It has by far a superior omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. Farmed Salmon has about a 1:1 omega 3 to omega 6 ratio and this is due to the JUNK it is fed. However, Sockeye Salmon has anywhere from 6:1 up to 9:1 omega 3 to omega 6 ratios. This means you are getting up to 8 times more omega 3 in wild caught salmon.

‘Wild caught’ doesn’t actually mean that the salmon was living in the wild. And frankly, this pisses me off because as a consumer, misinformation really gets up my goat! Studies show that 70% to 80% of fish marked as ‘wild’ are in fact farmed. So how can you tell if your salmon is actually wild? Always, choose Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (also called Red Salmon) because this salmon is not allowed to be farmed, which means that it is truly wild caught! Also, Alaskan Salmon is bright red, not pink. And the white fat stripes are quite thin. When buying tinned salmon, ‘Sockeye Salmon’ is your best bet and ‘Alaskan Salmon’ is also a safe choice.

Farmed Salmon

Also known as Atlantic Salmon (yep that means our famous Tasmanian (farmed) Salmon…)

Let me point out why Farmed Salmon should be avoided:

Genetic modification of salmon has been approved.

Farmed salmon is fed artificial food made from corn, soy, grains – often containing GM products. Its feed can also contain chicken and feather meal. Moreover, it is given synthetic astaxanthin (which is the potent antioxidant that makes Wild Salmon red). This synthetic product is not approved for human consumption yet the farmed salmon that we eat is fed with it…

Farmed salmons are kept in pens. Essentially they are ‘couch potatoes’ and suffer many of the health issues humans do when they don’t get the correct exercise. They get sick – this means antibiotics are needed.

And there is a huge environmental concern too. The pens that these salmons are farmed in are in our oceans. So, unconsumed food is left to float into our oceans. Those GM products, waste materials, pesticides… They all go into our oceans.

There is an infection called the Infectious Salmon Anaemia Virus which has been found in all areas across the globe where salmons are farmed. Once the virus infects the salmon suffers a heart attack. And we eat these salmons!!!

Farmed salmon are the aquatic equivalent of confined animal feeding operations and they have the same disease, environment, and ethical issues as cattle and chicken farms.

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Rachael Condon

Rachael is the owner and consulting Nutritionist here at Life Essence. She’s passionate about guiding and empowering people to take control of their own health and happiness. Her aim is to share her knowledge of nutrition and holistic health with an honest, realistic approach.


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