Is there much Omega 3 in Salmon that almost all of us eat?

Is there much Omega 3 in salmon? It would seem a silly question really. Everyone knows that salmon is one of the best sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. And so if we are looking to increase our intake of Omega 3 fats then eating salmon is a good way to do it.

Or is it? There is no doubt that wild salmon are packed full of all those good Omega 3 fatty acids. Problem is most of us aren’t eating wild salmon, we’re eating farmed salmon.

The rise in the farmed salmon industry has been nothing short of amazing. In the 1980’s we were eating wild Alaskan salmon. Now most of us, when we buy salmon, are eating farmed salmon. Farmed salmon are cheaper to produce than wild salmon are to catch. So they are very price competitive.

So is there much Omega 3 in salmon that come from the fish farm? Well no, not nearly as much. In fact there are estimates that farmed salmon has around a third of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids that wild salmon does.

Not only that but there is also more Omega 6 fats in farmed salmon. That is a bad thing, not a good thing, as we are now eating too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3.Omega 3 in salmon

And there are serious issues with chemical contamination of farmed salmon. Studies show that farmed salmon have much higher levels of such nasty chemical contaminants as PCBs, pesticides and more.

Salmon from the farm are fed antibiotics as well as dye to give their flesh that nice appealing red color.

There is no doubt that eating the right fish is a good way to increase your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and if you are eating wild caught salmon then you are eating the right fish. If you’re eating farmed salmon you’re not.

So when you buy your next fillet of fish at the supermarket make a point of asking them if the salmon you are buying is farmed or wild. Chances are it’s farmed, and as we said there is not a lot of Omega 3 in salmon from the fish farm.

In fact the best, most cost effective way to get your Omega3 daily is to take simple fish oil supplements. This is cheaper than trying to buy wild salmon each week, is much simpler, particularly if you’re not a big fan of fish, and the highest quality fish oil supplements aren’t contaminated.

Note that not all fish oil supplements are high quality (some are) and there are some issues of toxic contamination with some of them.

So don’t assume there is any, or much, Omega 3 in the salmon you have on your plate. There may be, if it’s wild salmon, but chances are there’s not.

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