Many believe that eating fish is quite healthy, and salmon is one of the most popular for its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that provides a myriad of health benefits. However, what many are not aware of is salmon’s dark side which has been revealed in recent studies. You may want to reconsider the next time you plan on having salmon and here’s why:
1. Health Benefits Questioned
True, salmon is healthier than red meat, but compared to plant-based proteins that do not have cholesterol, it suddenly looks a lot less what it seems. The high fat content can potentially contribute to obesity or increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Did you know that salmon actually contains as much cholesterol as a hamburger? This is in accordance to USDA claims, aside from the possibility of omega-3 fatty acids interfering with blood insulin and increasing blood sugar levels. What’s more, the highly-acidic flesh of the fish can speed up calcium loss which can lead to osteoporosis or kidney stones.
2. Wild vs Farmed Version
Eating salmon on regular basis could mean a small but significant role in destroying the planet we live in! Commercial fishing ships arriving in huge numbers cruise the ocean, and most are unregulated and irresponsibly depleting wild salmon habitats that has now become a catastrophic phenomena. Not only that, many will never know what’s going on and might be fooled that what they are eating is natural salmon due to extensive fraud by manufacturers and sellers who pass off farmed salmon as natural wild fishes.
3. Salmon Can Be Toxic
The natural wild version of salmon presents issues and doubts in itself, but farmed salmon poses even greater and more serious concerns. The farm-raised version has been discovered to contain unhealthy levels of toxins such as dioxins, PCBs, and other chemicals that may cause cancer and result to developmental problems in children.
4. Fish Farming Practices
Farming has been introduced as a legal alternative to poaching, but has proved to be only a lesser evil. Fish farms require up to 5 pounds of prey fish including anchovies and herrings to feed each salmon. Guess where this leads? Nowhere else but more poaching and depletion of other fish populations at a fast rate, the very same prey fish that larger fish like sea bass, whales, and dolphins consume.
5. Food Chain Destruction
As more and more humans consume salmon, it’s sensible that less of this type of fish exists. You probably have an idea of what will eventually happen and how a missing link on the food chain can impact our environment and the whole ecosystem. In fact, populations of bears, orcas, and eagles located in the Pacific Northwest have already suffered because of the lack of salmon.
Not only salmon, but vast other fishes have been affected by today’s demand that has apparently caused dire disruption and destruction in our marine ecosystems. You can make better choices, and it’s entirely up to you! Omega 3 can also be found in hemp, flax, nuts, soy or seaweed, where fish acquire these nutrients in the first place.