The Truth about Salmon

Salmon is healthy, true, but at what cost?

September 26, 2012
At What Cost Omega-3s?
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Salmon. It's ultra-healthy, chock-full of protein, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids that protect your heart, brain, and bones. And Americans seem to know that: It ranks as the third most popular seafood in this country, just behind shrimp and canned tuna. What you might not know, however, is just how filthy this beloved fish can be. A new report from Scotland has found that certain salmon farms have increased their use of pesticides 110 percent over the past four years, polluting the oceans--and your body--with chemicals linked to neurological damage and other ills. Think that's bad? Salmon are also fed a diet increasingly dependent on foods and medications that are suspected of making you fat and upping your diabetes risk, while at the same time making the fish less nutritious. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon doesn't have those, or any of these other problems, and here's why you should be eating more of it.

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