We all know that salmon is a healthy meal choice full of protein and high in vitamins and nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
But does the type of salmon you're eating matter? Some varieties are better than others; make these choices when choosing salmon.
Wild-caught Alaskan salmon (also called Chinook, King, Keta, Coho, Sockeye or Sake) is named a "best choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch due to Alaska's best practices in fishery management. Similarly, salmon from Oregon, Washington and California are named as "good alternatives" for their lack of environmental impact, although a warning has recently been issued that salmon caught off the Washington coast could contain high levels of PCBs.
It is recommended that Atlantic salmon or farmed salmon be avoided as it can contain elevated levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), a highly toxic industrial compound. PCBs can accumulate in the sediment at the bottom of waters where fish are farmed and build up in the salmon, posing a health risk if eaten frequently. In addition, there are also negative environmental impacts to raising farmed salmon.
Salmon can be a quick and easy meal with tons of flavor, since it doesn't require long marinating times and cooks in minutes. Try these simple recipe ideas the next time a salmon craving hits.
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