Salmon is a great source of astaxanthin, choline, niacin, vitamin B6,vitamin D, seleniumand omega-3polyunsaturated fatty acids, all of which have been associated with lower risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer. 
Generally speaking, the benefits of consuming fatty fish, including salmon, are thought to outweigh the potentially detrimental effects of the toxins from pollution. 
- Salmon is considered a low mercury fish. 
- Wild salmon from the open ocean have been found to incorporate lower levels of contaminants than farmed salmon. 
- Wild salmon also have higher omega-3 to omega-6polyunsaturated fatty acid ratios than farmed salmon. This is because farmed salmon are fed a concentrated mix of fishmeal and fish oil that tends to be high in contaminants. 
Food coloring can often be added to the feed because otherwise the salmon would not have the brilliant color of wild salmon. In addition, farmed salmon are treated with antibiotics, pesticides and hormones in the struggle to keep them growing and healthy in the very crowded conditions of the pens in which they are raised. Therefore, wild salmon is a better choice than farmed salmon. 
Many epidemiological studies have found convincing evidence of a negative association between DHA and EPA intake or fatty fish consumption and the risk of breast cancer, although not all are in agreement. In addition, several studies have found that higher omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid intakes are associated with reduced risk of breast cancer; consuming wild salmon would tend to improve this ratio for most women. 
Generally speaking, farmed salmon from the North Atlantic (including near Scandinavia) tend to have the highest levels of contaminants, Pacific North American farmed salmon have moderate levels, and Pacific South American farmed salmon have the lowest levels. 
However all farmed salmon have higher levels than the levels found in wild salmon. Based on fairly stringent toxin allowances, you can safely eat up to two servings of farmed salmon per month and up to eight servings of wild salmon. Removing the skin from salmon is recommended to reduce the level of contaminants ingested. Farmed salmon consumption should be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers due to its contaminant content. 
Lets get pink and wild this month and include wild salmon in your weekly diet !!! 
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