Like Seafood…the Best are Wild Alaskan Salmon, Sardines and Anchovies
It is abundantly clear that fish farms are not a viable solution to overfishing, they are making matters worse, destroying the marine ecosystem at a far more fast pace.
Aquaculture promotes itself as a sustainable solution to overfishing. In reality though, fish farms actually cause more problems than they solve. There is little difference, in terms of environmental pollution, between land-based feedlots and water-based ones.
Avoid all farm raised fish.
The Big Q: What’s the answer?
The Big A: The vast majority of fish even when wild caught are too contaminated to eat frequently, as most major waterways in the world are contaminated with mercury, heavy metals, chemicals like dioxins, PCBs, and other agriculture chemicals that flow into the environment.
If you are getting your Omega-3 requirements from fish then get hem from wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, their nutritional benefits outweigh any potential contamination.
The risk of sockeye accumulating high amounts of mercury and other toxins is reduced because of its short life cycle, which is only about 3 years. Additionally, bioaccumulation of toxins is also reduced by the fact that it does not feed on other, already contaminated, fish.
Alaskan Salmon is not allowed to be farmed, and is therefore always wild-caught.
The Organics brand offers a variety of high-quality Aalmon products that test high for Omega-3 fats and low for contaminants. Canned Salmon labeled “Alaskan Salmon” is a less expensive alternative to Salmon fillets.
I also like smaller fish with short life cycles, such as sardines and anchovies, so it’s a Win-Win situation: lower contamination risk and higher nutritional value.
A general guideline is that the closer to the bottom of the food chain the fish is, the less contamination it will have accumulated. Just make sure they are not from the Baltic Sea.
Other good choices include Herring and fish roe (Caviar), which is full of important phospholipids that nourish mitochondrial membranes.
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