As you may know, I'm a big fan of salmon. It has a high level of beneficial omega-3 fats, which are anti-inflammatory and good for the brain. However, many people do not consider if the salmon they are eating is farmed or wild. Farmed salmon can cause more harm to the body than good. When farmed fish are raised in close quarters, they are constantly exposed to their own waste, harmful chemicals, antibiotics and artificial coloring. In addition, they are typically grain fed, which means they have higher levels harmful omega-6 fats and lower levels of the beneficial omega-3 fats. Studies have shown that farmed fish have higher levels of dioxin, PCBs and mercury than wild fish.
The next time you go to the market or restaurant, make sure that you are getting wild salmon. Wild Alaskan salmon is your best choice, which includes chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye.