Is wild salmon better for you than farm-raised fish? Our Healthy Skeptic separates facts from fears about salmon and other farmed seafood.
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Female Speaker: I've heard farm-raised fishes contaminate, so I try not to buy it. Male Speaker: I always buy wild cold salmon because I think it's more wholesome and nutritions farm-raised. Robert Davis: It's an issue that has lots of people fishing for answer. On the one hand, we told to eat fish for good health. On the other, we hear that fish may contain harmful contaminants. Wild Caught Fish, which can be pricing is often as a safer healthier option, but there is a fact that you should know for getting real. A large study of 2004 found farm-raised salmon to have higher levels of chemicals such as PCBs, dioxidants and pesticides, than the wild caught tine. The reason is the fishes diet farm salmon are fed fish meal and oil which can be tainted, but experts disagree on whether the levels of chemicals cause a health risk to humans. Plus these levels maybe declining because farm salmon have began to improve their fish food or like this farm in British, Columbia, use environmentally friendly farming that pitch. Still concerns remaining about other farms because they can spread waist and disease into the ocean around. On the plus side, Farm salmon like a wild time, it's relatively low in mercury. As for other types of farmed sea food, some like catfish, clams, trout, and tilapia from the US tend to be relatively low in contaminants. If you're looking to go wild, you know that labels can lie. One survey found that most salmon samples marked wild from high end-market to what it's actually farm. So, what's the concern that consumer supposed to do. Well, for starters eat a variety of fish, emphasizing smaller types, which tend to be less contaminated. Remove the skin before cooking to reduced contaminants and don't be afraid to grail your seller about where the fish is from. Above all, don't let the controversies over farming that scare you away from eating fish, whether it's farmed or wild. The benefits of eating a couple of servings a week out away any risk for must of us and that's no fish story. Helping you be a healthy skeptic. I'm Robert Davis.