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April 23, 2010 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

Health Myths – Foods You Think are Healthy but are Not

Myth – Omega 3 fat levels in farm raised salmon are less than wild caught. About 70% of the fresh salmon consumed in this country is farm raised.  Although I consider farm raised (also know as “Atlantic” salmon”) to be an important source of valuable omega 3 fats (farmed generally a bit higher) and healthy protein for many Americans, it is inferior in nutritional quality to wild Alaskan salmon.  Both have equivalent amounts of omega 3 fat, but farm raised salmon has more unhealthy saturated fat, a much higher omega 6: omega 3 ratio and may contain traces of antibiotics and environmental contaminants like PCB’s.  Fresh wild Alaskan salmon is only available a few weeks out of the year, but can always be found canned and frequently frozen.  Wild salmon is always my 1st choice.

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