protagonist wrote: texasdiver wrote:
I used to buy a lot of frozen Alaskan salmon at Trader Joe's. Do you know if it's authentic? Pacific Ocean seems less polluted than the Atlantic, and the Alaska's waters seem cleaner than those further South.
"A 2006 Consumer Reports study concluded 56 percent of the salmon marketed as wild is actually farmed."
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/new ... 7fe7e.html
I eat the "wild" (hehe) smoked sockeye salmon ($17.99/lb) from Trader Joe's almost every morning. It tastes better and is cheaper than the smoked salmon at Stop and Shop so whatever. I can't test its DNA, and I would bet the CEO at TJ's is as clueless as I am. At least I am confident that the bread I eat it on is freshly baked. I watch Jonathan and Cheryl do that.
I have noticed that what is labeled as "Pacific" salmon tastes a lot better than "Atlantic" salmon, wherever I buy it. It's also a lot more expensive, at least here in New England. They almost give away "Atlantic salmon" (whatever it really is) in the supermarkets here.
Almost all farmed salmon is Atlantic salmon, even if it is farmed in the Pacific. The 6 species of Pacific salmon are of a different genus then Atlantic salmon which is actually more closely related to brown trout than Pacific salmon. There have been limited attempts to farm raise Pacific salmon species (Chinook and Coho) but pretty much all the big commercial operations around the world use Atlantic salmon.
There are also very limited if any commercial wild fisheries for Atlantic salmon anymore.
What that means is that if the fish are properly labeled, then Pacific salmon species are almost certainly wild caught and Atlantic salmon is almost certainly farm raised.
Interesting. Thanks for the clarification. I used to commercial fish for salmon in Alaska in pre-farming days, but I wasn't aware of the distinction.
I, too, avoid farmed salmon, when I know that it's farmed; and I, too, have some faith in Trader Joe's. And so my frozen Alaskan salmon appears to be fine. The problem is that right now I don't live near a Trader Joe's and get my groceries from Costco.
In general, I don't eat canned food, but recently I decided to reconsider some of it. I came across Bob Blum's web site
and particularly his piece
about nutrition. Blum, MD, PhD, is an MIT classmate and friend of Ray Kurzweil who is outspoken in his analysis and critique of Kurzweil's approach to longevity and reliance on supplements. Most Blum's opinions resonate with my own, and so I am more inclined to pay attention to him where my opinions are different, or I just don't have an opinion. Among his food recommendations
, Bloom has sardines, herring, and salmon. He writes:
Bob Blum wrote:1) SARDINES, HERRING, SALMON
Rationale: They're tasty. Those cans of sardines or herring are cheap. They kill my appetite. Sardines and herring are not top predators like salmon, so they are far less apt to contain mercury or halogenated hydrocarbons. I do eat wild-caught salmon, but it's expensive (unless you buy the cans), and is more apt to contain mercury. I dislike the fact that eating salmon is not globally sustainable. I'm convinced that fish has been part of a hominin diet for millions of years.
Fatty fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. With all that DHA, fish is pure brain food. Or, as my mother used to say, "fish is bene-fish-al."
After reading that, I became interested in canned fish, which has led to my earlier questions about it.
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