IT’S HIGH QUALITY, NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD, RIGHT?
Fish, and Salmon in particular is supposed to be one of those foods that you seek out, because it’s good for you. That’s what experts and authorities say. So you dutifully eat salmon. For many people, this is a pleasure, because we like salmon. This is one case where doing what is ‘good’ for you is something to look forward to and enjoy.
Why am I writing about this? Salmon is actually good for your health, right?SUBSCRIBE, FREE GIFTS
Well, . . . it depends.
Where does your salmon come from? This makes all the difference.
If you want to skip the rest of my commentary and go straight to the documentary I’m sharing about, click here.
HEALING REQUIRES CONSUMPTION OF HEALTHY FOOD
Salmon is reputed to be good for health largely because of its omega fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins. These nutrients are critical for health, and fatty fish is the most readily available, quality source for them. (Unfortunately, obtaining sufficient nutrients from plant sources is extremely difficult. I used to be vegetarian and truly do wish plants could provide for all. Personally, I no longer believe they can.)
For years, I abstained from eating seafood. Numerous factors have combined to severely deplete the world’s fish stocks. (These include over-fishing, destructive fishing methods, loss of habitat, climate change, and pollution). Then there are pollution issues influencing my decision to limit consumption.
Yet because of the omega 3’s, I returned to consuming small amounts of Vital Choice’s quality, tested, sustainably wild-caught seafood.
WILD IS GOOD, FARMED IS . . . HAZARDOUS
Fish farming pollutes the oceans, contributes to disease in cultivated and wild fish populations, and produces substandard meat. Aquaculture facilities are equivalent to feedlot cattle farms. It’s mass-production, industrial, and fast-paced. Quantity and profit matter. Quality and sustainability are sacrificed.
Yesterday I watched a documentary that shows how fish farming is worse than I could possibly have imagined.
At one point in the film, a Norwegian expert talked about how there is more fat in farmed salmon compared with wild salmon. The fat is where toxins get stored. So when you consume farmed fish, you get all of the toxins that the fish consumed.
This is what the Norwegian expert said about farmed salmon.
“This is the most toxic food you have in the world.”
I had hoped that Norwegian fish producers would be more responsible and sustainability minded. So much for my assumptions. Corporate profits rule everywhere.
This is a screen capture of test results produced by a Norwegian scientist. It shows pollutants detected in several foods. Hamburger, whole milk, egg, apple, potato, cod, and farmed salmon. Yes, farmed salmon is the tall column of toxins on the right. Look at all that DDE making the amount of endosulfan sulfate and DDT appear to be no big deal.
It is not just Norwegian farmed fish that is toxic. Watch the documentary, and you will never want to consume farmed fish again.
The food pellets are the biggest source of toxins. This toxic load will therefore be common to all farmed fish, unless special care is taken to provide higher quality feed.
Let’s summarize. 1) We consume salmon because we want its omega 3 fats and fat soluble vitamins. 2) Farmed fish are given toxic chemicals in their feed. 3) Toxins are stored by the fish in its fat. 3) Farmed salmon have more fat than wild salmon. Therefore 4) When you eat farmed salmon (or other fatty farmed fish) you get lots of toxic chemicals.
If you eat fish and care about your health, please watch Nicholas Daniel’s documentary Fillet-Oh-Fish on Mercola.com.
Horrific as what I’ve shared is, there is more. The documentary can’t be described as enjoyable. But it does provide valuable education.