Not all salmon is created equal, but whether farm-raised, wild-caught, canned or smoked, it’s an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and packed with other essential nutrients. Wild salmon is the healthiest by far , with fewer contaminants than farmed. Native to the tributaries of the North Atlantic and Pacific, wild salmon are central to indigenous culture and diet. But they are at risk. Stocks have declined overall, and salmon farming, which once seemed a solution, increasingly looks more like a potential threat.
- naturally high in vitamin D
- rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to contribute to healthy brain function
- contains essential nutrients potassium, selenium and vitamin B-12
- good source of high-quality protein
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There’s a case to be made for a revamp of the salmon farming industry. Sustainability, safe consumption, ethical farming, and indigenous fishing rights are ongoing concerns for those who fish and eat this superfood. Organizations such as Seafood Watch keep track and rate the different varieties of salmon for sustainability.