by Renell Ford RDN, LD
Nutrition Tip of the Month: Wild Caught vs Farm Raised
Now that Mardi Gras and Lent have paraded their way in, you might be finding seafood/fish more commonly on your diet. Fish can be a “Wildly” healthy choice. “Wild” caught means just that; the fish are caught in the wild and living as nature intended. Wild caught fish, such as salmon, are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which supports healthy inflammatory response in our bodies. Wild caught fish is a nutrient-dense, heart healthy, brain-boosting, lean source of protein.
Choose Wild Caught over Farm Raised. Farm raised fish generally live in very small, crowded quarters. These fish are given drugs, GMO corn and soy meal feed. In the case of salmon, synthetic astaxanthin may be used to make its skin pink like wild salmon (wild salmon have pink flesh as they eat plankton containing natural astaxanthin). Without this, farm raised salmon skin would be a grey/off white color. Farmed fish tend to be very high in contaminants and omega-6 fatty acids, which is pro-inflammatory in the body. Some of these contaminants include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, and several chlorinated pesticides.
For Lent, give up Farm Raised and look for Wild Caught on the label.
If it doesn’t state Wild Caught, it’s probably not!