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Wild Salmon Higher in Heart Beneficial Fatty Acids than Farmed Salmon

Eat Salmon? Go Wild

When it comes to eating your omega-3 fatty acids salmon often seems your best choice. It is high in omega-3s and easy to come by as well as easy to cook. A new study reveals that wild salmon is more heart healthy than its farmed cousin. Not only is farmed salmon higher in environmental contaminants, but is lower in beneficial fatty acids like omega-3s. In the Norwegian study, participants who ate a diet high in wild salmon, which contains pure fish oil, had better health profiles in terms of biomarkers for heart health as well as blood vessel health when compared to study participants who ate farmed salmon. Farm salmon is high in vegetable oil, which is increasingly found to be used in fish feed.

If you are eating salmon for the fatty acids, go wild.


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renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
Allyta- where are you getting your info??? I work for a seafood wholesaler and distributer, and I used to work for a processing plant out of Alaska. Your safest bet is to always always always go for Alaskan salmon- that way you know 100% that it's wild. It's illegal to farm salmon in Alaska!
michlny michlny 9 years
Also, a great way to get it - is canned Wild Salmon -- it is DELICIOUS!! Great to throw a can on top of a salad!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
wild is illegal most of the year all around the world.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never been a fan of fish...
klandrach klandrach 9 years
Always be sure to ask when you are out, anything that says 'Atlantic Salmon' is farmed. My uncle is a fish distributor and gave me the heads up on that one. Whole foods is a good place to get fish, always fresh and tasty.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Farmed fish is just gross! I don't know why anyone would eat it.
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