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Wild vs. Farm Raised Salmon

We had wild salmon for dinner tonight and my daughter asked if I could tell by looking which is wild and which is farm raised. That got me to thinking, especially when eating out.
Of course when you’re shopping the fish must be labeled wild or farm raised, easy enough, but when your restaurant server tells you that the salmon is wild (the healthier choice) how do you know for sure? Salmon start out a grey color, but because wild salmon eat marine krill (tiny crustaceans) they take on a shade of pink.
Farm raised salmon on the other hand are fed fish pellets that contain chemical dyes and can look nearly identical to their wild counterpart. Wild salmon is a healthier choice because it contains NO chemicals or antibiotics, is higher in protein than farm raised and has less fat. Farm raised salmon also contain much higher levels of toxins.
I should point out that health food supermarkets seem to have a healthier class of farm raised fish, so inquire when you go. Also remember that eating salmon, wild or farm raised is still a good choice, either way you’re getting protein and essential fatty acids, it’s just that overall wild is better for us.
Here’s one way to help you make an informed choice. Know the different species of salmon, that will make it easier to know what is wild and what might be farm raised. Sockeye salmon, keta (chum) salmon, and pink salmon are always wild, ask your server what species they have. You should also know that king or coho could be wild or farmed.
All this said, if I’m eating out and the only two options are meat or farm raised salmon, I’m going with the salad.

Final word~When you do have a choice, go wild!

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1 Frankie August 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Short, sweet, to the point, FREE-exactly as inforaimton should be!

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