Feeling Disappointed That Atlantic Salmon May Not Be Healthy For You Or Our Economy?
The proliferation of Atlantic salmon within our country is the direct result of great marketing. Fortunately, not every consumer wants to take the marketing bait once they learn more about Atlantic salmon.
Keep in mind that there are other options for Omega-3s than salmon. Here are a few suggestions as you look for a more healthy alternative
OYSTERS AND OTHER SHELLFISH
Sure, salmon contains a great amount of omega-3s, but so does shellfish!
Throwing back six to twelve oysters on the halfshell could provide you more omega 3s than a portion of salmon.
Plus, shellfish provide valuable environmental services like filtering water and sequestering carbon.
CHOOSE WILD SALMON IN MODERATION WHEN IT IS IN-SEASON
Remember, there are 5 other types of salmon in the U.S. There’s King, Sockeye, Coho, Chum (Keta), and Pink.
Wild Alaskan salmon is in-season June-August depending on regulations. When buying fresh wild salmon this summer, choose Coho or Sockeye since Keta and Pink are more commonly used for canned salmon.
King is called King for a reason. It only represents a small portion of the catch. It should be the priciest fish in the seafood case and on menus. If you do spot the King at the grocery store at a low price (less than $15/lb), it’s possible it’s like an Elvis in Las
Vegas-it’s not the real King.
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IF YOU’RE HEART IS STILL FOCUSED ON ATLANTIC SALMON, CONSIDER THE FAROE ISLANDS
Not all Atlantic Salmon is raised the same. Faroe Island salmon comes from the small cluster of islands between Iceland, Scotland and Norway. The cold and strong currents paired with the Faroese attitude for ethical salmon production, makes the islands a great place to raise some healthy and delicious pink fleshy fish. Faroe Island Salmon are raised without antibiotics, the sea cages are bigger and fish are grown in low densities (lots of open swimming area!).
While wild Alaskan salmon is the best for taste, domestic economy, animal welfare, etc., not everyone is willing to pay the fair price or want to eat fish at all. Give shellfish a shot or evaluate if a non-fish approach will satisfy your urge for those trendy omega-3s.