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Wild Salmon Is Healthier Than Farmed

When eating out at a restaurant, be sure to ask if the salmon you are eating is wild or whether it comes from a farm. Farmed salmon is disgusting, toxic, and devoid of nutritional value.  You may think you are making a healthy choice by increasing protein and healthy fats in your diet, but you aren’t.  Trader Joe’s sells frozen wild salmon and canned wild salmon that can be mixed up like tuna salad (since you shouldn’t eat tuna either due to levels of heavy metals).  Anytime the FDA tells pregnant women and children to not eat something, don’t eat it!!

“The majority of restaurants serve farmed salmon because it is cheaper, but a study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that it is not the healthiest choice. Farmed salmon is raised in cramped pens where pathogens are rampant, toxicity of the water is common and the fish are fed red dye pellets to color its flesh to make it resemble wild salmon.

Researchers analyzed the risk-benefit ratio based on levels of contaminants like dioxins, PCBs and chlorinated pesticides versus omega-3 fatty acid levels. While farmed salmon is higher in omega-3s, it is also significantly higher in these toxins (about 10 times) which can produce birth defects, lower IQ, and cause cancer. They determined the following based on origin of the salmon: “consumers should not eat farmed fish from Scotland, Norway and eastern Canada more than three times a year; farmed fish from Maine, western Canada and Washington state no more than three to six times a year; and farmed fish from Chile no more than about six times a year. Wild chum salmon can be consumed safely as often as once a week, pink salmon, Sockeye and Coho about twice a month and Chinook just under once a month.”

How can you tell if the salmon is wild or farmed if the package does not indicate either? Any salmon labeled “Atlantic” is farmed because commercial Atlantic salmon fishing no longer exists due to the depletion of stocks. The only way to obtain wild Atlantic salmon is to catch it yourself during the short quota salmon season in places like Atlantic Canada. Anything labeled “Alaskan salmon,” on the other hand, is by definition wild salmon. ”

1. Foran JA et al. Quantitative Analysis of the Benefits and Risks of Consuming Farmed and Wild Salmon. J. Nutr 2005 135:2639-2643

Source:
Cornell University

Dr. Heather Wdowin

Dr. Heather Wdowin, NMD is a licensed primary care physician in the state of Arizona, and a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor in California. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Neurobiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine is from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. She has completely circumnavigated the planet with a backpack, hiked the Grand Canyon nine times, jumped out of an airplane, sailed down the Nile and meditated in the queen’s chamber of the great pyramid. Dr. Wdowin specializes in Sports Medicine, Neuro-endocrinology, and difficult cases. She currently works with professional athletes in the NFL and UFC, optimizes their health and thereby improves their performance. She has studied with the leaders of the emerging Environmental Medicine field, and designed Human Reconstruction’s facility to be perfect for detoxification and depuration therapy and treatment. It is her philosophy to use all tools available to diagnose the cause of disease, and then treat that cause with personalized attention and whatever modality brings about results. She is an accomplished diagnostician and practitioner, as well as a certified clinical hypnotherapist to aid a patient in utilizing the mind body connection in healing.