“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”–Hippocrates
The health benefits of salmon are becoming well known. Brimming with heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is essential to health, I believe. As an African-American woman with high blood pressure and a family history of heart disease, I realize the importance of salmon’s heart-healthy benefits. Since I lost my mother to heart disease in 1995, a heart healthy diet and lifestyle has been my focus. You might have noticed that there are many salmon recipes here on my blog. In today’s post, I share some of my favorite salmon recipes along with my views about the health benefits of salmon.
Health Benefits of Salmon
Wild Alaska Salmon is always at the top of my shopping list. The high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including calcium), and the heart-and-brain-essential Omega 3 fatty acids are the best reasons to eat salmon. It’s a sustainable seafood, besides.
What about mercury? Wouldn’t the presence of mercury outweigh the health benefits of salmon? No. Not if you know the source of your salmon. Shopping for salmon from Alaska is the surest way to get fish with the lowest mercury levels. Alaska’s “fish monitoring program” tracks mercury levels in fish from its waters. As a result, Alaska Salmon and other Alaskan fish species have “very low levels of mercury,” according to The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
What about Atlantic Salmon? Can I get the health benefits of salmon from these farmed fish? Atlantic salmon is significantly cheaper than Wild Alaska Salmon. But, Atlantic salmon is farmed in netted pens in the ocean. Because of the living conditions of Atlantic salmon, they are not as healthy as wild, sustainably managed salmon. According to Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch, Atlantic salmon are “vulnerable to infection from diseases and parasites.” In addition, antibiotics and pesticides (to control sea lice) are used in an effort to keep farmed Atlantic salmon healthy. Considering this, I don’t mind spending more for fresh Wild Alaska Salmon.
Where To Shop for Wild Alaska Salmon
As a pescetarian, I do my homework before shopping for salmon, and it’s easier than ever to find Wild Alaska Salmon. From Whole Foods to Target, Alaska salmon is available at most supermarkets. Normally I don’t buy much canned food, but Wild Alaska Salmon is probably the highest quality food to be found in a can. Of course, canned salmon is affordable and readily available at the supermarket. I stock up on canned salmon at Costco or wherever I find it. Canned pink salmon, which can be found everywhere, is a great buy, because most pink salmon sold in the U.S. is Alaska salmon.
Sometimes, when fresh wild salmon is a bit pricey at my favorite market, I will opt for frozen wild salmon. Depending upon the brand, packages of frozen wild salmon can contain smaller pieces or appear inconsistent (i.e. skin on the fish in one package and skinned in another). Such fish is fine for weeknight meals, but I will splurge and buy beautiful cuts of fresh salmon for special meals. Whatever your budget, there is Wild Alaska Salmon available at a price that makes it easy for everyone to realize the health benefits of salmon.
What’s your favorite way to eat salmon (as a salad, grilled, in patties)? Share what you love about salmon.
Note: I am not a medical professional. Statements in this post are opinions. Also, I was not compensated in any way for writing this post.