When we go to the store to buy fish, we think we are making a healthy choice. And eating fish does have a lot of great benefits. See this article from the Mayo Clinic for more information on how eating fish can help keep our hearts healthy. Fish, along with other healthy foods, can provide us with healthy Omega 3s. This article From Health Ambition will open your eyes to the Omega 3 possibilities!
Wild vs Farmed
But there is a big issue we face when we pick up that package of salmon. We have two choices–Farmed Raised fish (sometimes called Ocean Raised, but just the name is different, the process is the same), or Wild-Caught Fish. (“Natural” on the label doesn’t mean anything either.)
This is a fish farm. Thousands of salmon are raised in these pens, fed “salmon chow,” which is concentrated mixture of ground up fish and fish oil, which is high is fat. The fish are also fed antibiotics to try to cut down on diseases, and colorings to make their flesh a brighter red color. They are packed tightly into the pens, never swimming in the open ocean, unable to swim freely. Weak or sick fish just stay in the pools, infecting the rest of the fish with their illnesses (and spreading the bacteria or viruses to the surrounding waters and the fish that may swim by.)
|Look at these beautiful and wild Sockeye Salmon, heading upstream to spawn!|
Wild fish are, well, wild. After they hatch in rivers and streams, they head out to sea where they live for 1-8 years at sea, eating and growning and avoiding predators. Wild fish have a highly diversified diet as they swim freely and over a large range. They eventually make their way back to the rivers and streams where they hatched, often jumping rapids and waterfalls to reach their spawning grounds.
Why Should we Choose Wild Salmon?
So when you make this delicious salmon recipe, make sure you choose Wild Caught Salmon!