Qn of the Month: Which Type of Salmon –Wild or Farmed- is Best?

A: As it turns out, it depends on which nutrient you are looking at. In terms of omega 3 fatty acids content, farmed Atlantic Salmon tends to have a higher content than wild Pacific or Atlantic Salmon. This correlates with a higher fat content in farmed salmon compared to wild salmon. The actual omega-3 fatty acid content may vary depending on the type of feed the fish receives. When comparing protein content, however, wild salmon has a slightly higher protein content per serving over farmed versions. Besides omega-3 fatty acids and protein, salmon is also a good source of B vitamins (especially B12), selenium and potassium and vitamin D.

No matter which version you choose, take note how you cook your salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids can be destroyed by excessive heat so avoid deep-frying and pan-frying fish at high temperatures. Instead, it is better to bake, broil, steam  or poach fish to reduce the loss of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Lastly, make sure the fish you eat is caught or farmed in environmentally sustainable ways.



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