“Overall,one of the benefits of wild caught salmon is there’s less cause for worry about toxic contaminants! Then you can have your salmon with no worry…”
Wild Caught Salmon vs Farm Raised: Contaminants Level
In the early 2000s, a series of studies comparing wild caught salmon vs farm raised found that contaminant levels were significantly higher in farm raised. So much so, researchers at the time determined that it was only safe to consume farm raised salmon at one to two meals each month—or not at all. But, other have studies found that contaminant levels were pretty much the same in wild caught salmon vs farm raised. And, more recent studies have found that contaminant levels in some areas have significantly decreased over the past decade.
So, farm raised salmon today is likely not as ‘toxic’ as it once was. Of course, more research needs to be done! Some argue that the omega-3 content of farm raised salmon outweighs the potential risks. (Others argue that contaminant levels may reduce overall health benefits.)
But, so much of the farm raised seafood we eat is imported from other areas. In the U.S., we import around 90% of the fish we eat from other areas of the world, with different aquaculture practices and regulations. And, sadly, the majority of other countries don’t yet enforce strict enough regulations on fish farming. This is why it’s crucial to learn about the farm raised fish we’re buying and the aquacultures they were raised in!
Overall, one of the benefits of wild caught salmon is there’s less cause for worry about toxic contaminants!
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