Saturday, November 22, 2003

Salmon Is Good for You, Right Not This Kind!

Salmon is a great source of healthy omega- 3 fatty acids. It's great for your heart, your brain, your skin and your joints. But if you think all salmon is alike, then think again!

If you buy salmon at the supermarket, chances are good that it doesn't come from the sea, but from a fish farm. And farmed salmon is anything but healthy.

Farmed salmon are hatched in plastic trays ... crowded into unsanitary underwater cages. . . fattened with soybean pellets. . . dosed with antibiotics and pesticides. . . and injected with a synthetic dye that gives them their pink color. (Without the dye, their flesh would be an unappetizing, pale gray.)
The fish-farming industry claims this provides a healthy food at a reasonable price. They also claim that it protects the wild salmon population from over fishing. But the facts show otherwise:

First of all, although farmed salmon are far fattier than their wild cousins, studies show that they contain two-thirds less of the omega- 3 fats!

Second, studies show that farmed salmon contain much higher levels of cancer-causing PCBs and dioxins than wild salmon.

Third, farmed salmon contain more antibiotic residue than eggs, meat or any other farm-raised animal products. And this antibiotic use has created resistant strains of bacteria that are killing the other fish in the ocean!

Fourth, the pesticides used by salmon farms are killing shellfish and other bottom dwelling sea creatures.

And fifth, the pink dye used on the salmon contains canthaxanthin, an ingredient used in sunless tanning pills that has since been banned for human use!

For you, the solution is simple: Avoid farmed salmon and eat wild salmon only. Wild salmon is available at most natural food markets and upscale gourmet restaurants. If in doubt about the fish's origin, simply ask your waiter, chef or store manager.

Submitted by Tony Cucurullo
Copied from "BOTTOM LINE magazine