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Is Farmed Salmon Really Good For You?

Most medical professionals recommend eating more fish as opposed to other forms of animal protein. This is essential for a healthy heart. There are some health concerns regarding the consumption of farmed salmon.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Farmed Salmon

Polychlorinated biphenyls are more commonly referred to PCBs. Because they were safe insulators, they were used for electrical equipment for many years. The United States put a ban on the use of PCBs in 1979. This was done after finding out that PCBs stay in the environment and could potential do harm to our food supply.

The levels of Polychlorinated biphenyls are significantly higher in farm raised salmon than in wild salmon. They can actually contain up to ten times more PCBs and other harmful toxins than their wild counterparts. This is because the fish food used on farms has high levels of PCBs in it. The PCBs are stored in the fat and skin of salmon and farmed salmon tend to be fatter and larger than those that are caught in the wild.

Safe Consumption of Farmed Salmon

Many people feel that the potential for getting cancer from eating farm raised salmon isn’t worth it. Although we do know there is a higher risk, you can safely consume this salmon. By eating only eight ounces of salmon that are farm raised per month, your health risks will not increase. Naturally, consuming more than that will affect your risk of getting cancer.

Since the Polychlorinated biphenyls are stored in the fat and skin of the fish, there are ways to cut down on the content consumed. Before cooking the fish, try removing the skin. This is best done with a very sharp and bendable filet knife. While you are getting rid of the skin, use the knife to remove any visible pockets of fat.

Grilling or broiling the salmon will also help eliminate excess fat consumption. Blotting the cooked fish with a paper towel will help to remove any fat left on top of the salmon. This will help you to ingest less PCBs when eating farm raised salmon.

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