December 12, 2017

Farmed vs. Wild Fish

Eating farmed fish will not kill you, and it is certainly better than not eating fish at fishall. However you may not be getting the full benefits you would hope to get by eating fish.

You see, the quality and nutritional benefits of the fish or animal you eat depend on the quality and the food that the fish or animal eats! Wild fish like salmon naturally dine on krill, mackerel, sardines and crustaceans, which contribute to its deep pink or “salmon” color.  Wild salmon’s farm raised cousins are fed an unnatural diet of corn and grain, which leads to inflammatory problems, an unnatural gray flesh that requires artificial coloring, and possibly being given feed that contains antibiotics.

The meat of wild fish has lower levels of inflammatory omega-6 fats and higher levels of healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants from their natural diet.

While there is always some concern about mercury in ocean fish, farmed fish have an even bigger problem—PCBs (toxins). According to the Environmental Working Group, farm-raised salmon is the most PCB-contaminated protein source in the American diet. I would recommend choosing wild fish whenever possible.

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