What it is:
It’s salmon, caught in the wild, from Alaska. Duh!
Why I love it:
Did you know that 80-90% of salmon in the United States is farmed
salmon? Did you know that farmed salmon have much higher levels
of things like PCB’s, dioxins,
pesticides, antibiotics, and
methylmercury than their wild
Salmon is heart healthy and
brain healthy though, so if you’re
going to eat it then it better be
Wild Caught Alaskan or Pacific
Lots of people eat seafood
because it’s a source of lean
protein, but they don’t put
thought into the source of the seafood. The risks of regularly eating
most farmed fish species greatly outweighs the health benefits.
Here is the difference between Atlantic Salmon and Pacific/Alaskan Salmon:
All Atlantic Salmon, no matter what the label, menu, or
waiter says, is farmed. Native wild stocks of Atlantic
Salmon were depleted by overfishing many years ago,
and they are struggling to make a come back.
Commercial fishing of Atlantic Salmon is actually
prohibited by law. Any menu that reads “Wild Atlantic
Salmon” is pulling one over on you. It’s farmed. Skip it.
This is true Wild Alaskan Salmon and it is gooooood for
you! There are 5 species of Pacific Salmon: Chinook,
Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye.
Wild salmon have low levels of PCB’s and mercury and have some of the highest levels of heart, brain, everything healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. I eat wild salmon at least once a week. Enjoy!