Rich in nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is being increasingly marketed as a healthy food. In fact, salmon consumption is now three times higher than it was in 1980. While salmon was a good food historically, that is no longer the case. The oceans are now so polluted that eating fish more than once a month is risky. Making matters worse, most salmon is now farmed.
Unfortunately, about 70 percent of the salmon on the market is farmed, and almost half the “wild” salmon on the market is actually farmed. Wild salmon is toxic enough, but farmed salmon is over the top. Here is what prominent biologist, Dr. Anne-Lise Monsen, has to say:
I do not recommend pregnant women, children or young people eat farmed salmon …The type of contaminants that have been detected in farmed salmon have a negative effect on brain development and is associated with autism, ADD / ADHD and reduced IQ. We also know that they can affect other organ systems in the body’s immune system and metabolism.
Farmed salmon is actually low in the good stuff. It contains only half the omega-3 fatty acids of wild salmon, while it is high in toxins. Because of the contaminated food fed to farmed salmon, it is high in cancer causing PCBs and dioxins as well as other toxins. For example, the PCB concentration in farmed salmon is 16 times higher than wild salmon, and the dioxin level is 11 times higher.
In addition to PCBs and dioxins, farmed salmon is also rich in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, mercury, synthetic pigments, antibiotics, and other drugs and chemicals. Then there is synthetic astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is used to color the fish. Because of the unnatural diet fed to farmed salmon, it has a grey color rather than the natural pink. Astaxanthin is fed to the fish to give it a pink color. However, the potentially harmful synthetic astaxanthin has never been approved for human consumption by any government.
I do not eat farmed salmon, and I recommend that you avoid it as well. If you want to eat salmon, eat only wild salmon, and do that no more than once a month. Keep in mind, however, that almost half of all the “wild” salmon in stores and restaurants is actually fraudulently-labeled farmed salmon. Be careful to know your source.
Fish has always been a rich source of essential fatty acids (EFAs), but fish is no longer safe. This is one more reason why I recommend that everyone supplement with a high-quality EFA formula. Essential fatty acids are critical building blocks for cell membranes. You cannot be healthy without an adequate supply of EFAs, and about 90 percent of all Americans are woefully deficient.
Be in good health!