Why eat salmon? If you’ve heard anything at all about healthy food, you must have heard that salmon is one of the healthiest foods to eat.
Salmon is very high in the omega 3 type of fats that are otherwise usually low in the modern American diet. Salmon is high in vitamin D, naturally, not by adding in a chemical supplement. Salmon is also high in astaxanthin (which is a nutrient that is protective for your eyes).
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Farmed Salmon Vs. Pacific Wild-Caught Salmon
Another one of the big controversies with salmon is how it was raised and if that makes enough of a difference in the health and nutrition of the salmon to worry about. There seems to be enough evidence to warrant concern. Farmed salmon usually has things added to it like synthetic dyes to make it pink, antibiotics, even pesticides, none of those things being good for you. The conclusion is that, if at all possible consume wild-caught Pacific salmon.
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Mercury is always a concern with fish. In general salmon has lower levels of mercury than other fish. A handy wallet card about levels of mercury in fish is available here:
Controversies aside, the health benefits of salmon are too great to ignore. Try to eat salmon or other healthy fish a minimum of once per week, but three times per week would be even better. To help you accomplish this I’ve included plenty of recipe links so you can try out different ways to prepare salmon.I have not personally tried all these recipes. Eating salmon often is worth the time it takes to experiment with different recipes. Make ingredient substitutions as necessary.
Do you have a favorite salmon recipe you’d like to share with my readers? Post in comment section below.