Super Food 4: Salmon
Have you ever thought where the salmon you buy actually comes from? And whether farmed salmon has the same nutritional goodness that wild salmon does?
Recently, I have been paying a lot more attention to the source of my food. I have discovered that here in Australia, the majority of Pacific salmon are wild caught (greater than 80%) and that wild salmon is thought to be better for you than farmed salmon. (However, even if you can't buy wild salmon, some salmon is better than none at all!)
So why is wild salmon so special? According to my research, the main difference between wild and farmed salmon, besides how they are raised, is what they are fed. It seems that the diet of farmed salmon is replaced by nutrient-dense dry pellets which often include vegetable proteins substitutes for some of the animal proteins in the wild salmon diet. This can lead to lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acid in farmed salmon. So wild is best.
So what makes salmon such a superfood?
5 Facts about Salmon you Didn't Know
1. High in Omega-3 Fatty Acid (particularly the wild variety!) which is necessary for the proper absorption of certain vitamins and for optimal health, as our body cannot naturally produce these acids.
2. Preventative against diseases. Due to its high omega-3 content, eating salmon several times a week is thought to protect against heart disease, inflammation, some cancers, diabetes, Alzheimers, depression and a condition called age related macular degeneration which is the major cause of loss of vision.
3. Good for healthy hair, skin, nails and bones due to its high Vitamin D and selenium content.
4. Wild salmon is nutritionally rich and can be eaten with little fear of mercury or excess contaminants and is thought to be better nutritionally for you than farmed salmon.
5. Quick kick-in period! The benefits of eating salmon seem to kick in at about 2 servings a week - so there's no need to over-do it!
For a delicious recipe for salmon: here's the link to my Crispy Salmon with Horseradish Cream recipe
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