Is farm raised salmon healthy to eat?

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  1. theframjak profile image93
    theframjakposted 9 years ago

    Is farm raised salmon healthy to eat?

    I'm curious to hear if others think it is okay from a health standpoint to eat farm-raised salmon.

  2. Goody5 profile image57
    Goody5posted 9 years ago

    I would think that it would even be healthier, since they are raised in a controlled environment.

    1. celafoe profile image55
      celafoeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      look it up on the net.  they are causing a lot of damage and there have been cases of disease in wild stock because of them

  3. MikeNV profile image68
    MikeNVposted 9 years ago

    Look at what they are fed and you'll have your answer.  If you want to eat food that is colored with internally ingested food pellets then go for it. There has been plenty of research to show the problems with farm raised salmon. The farming itself is not the problem it's what they are fed.  Salmon are not genetically designed to be raised in pens eating food pellets.

    1. celafoe profile image55
      celafoeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      correct. and that is why the farm raised really do not have any flavor - at least they do not taste like real salmon.

  4. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 9 years ago

    From what I recall with the research for my hub on salmon, it is okay to eat in moderation. MikeNV is correct that it's the feeding methods and not the farming. I believe the government agency reccomended for adults, one 6-8 ounce piece per month is enough.

    1. celafoe profile image55
      celafoeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      there is no reason to limit eating of truely wild salmon.    Maybe if you were catching 150 pounders but that is not the case. most are going to be well under 25

  5. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 9 years ago

    i would say it is much healthier and safer compare to those salmon fish caught in the sea. May get sea water pollution and disease. Self breed is carefully monitor and might cost more expensive.

  6. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 9 years ago

    The Food and Drug Administration worries that some international farmers feed salmon unapproved drugs in their feed. Farmed salmon can be higher in omega-3 fatty acids than wild caught, but it contains fewer amounts of other nutrients including selenium, protein and B vitamins. Farmed salmon also contain more chemicals in their flesh, some of them known carcinogens, although the levels are still well below levels deemed dangerous by the FDA.

    1. celafoe profile image55
      celafoeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      as if it is safe to believe anything the corrupt FDA says.

  7. MickS profile image61
    MickSposted 9 years ago

    I'm not sure.  Farmed fish, I believe, are kept in confined pens, I don't like the idea of eating fish from a confined space where it has been swimming in its own faeces.

  8. celafoe profile image55
    celafoeposted 9 years ago

    no    and it is dangerous to the wild salmon

  9. Globetrekkermel profile image64
    Globetrekkermelposted 9 years ago

    I love salmon especially the farm raised ones.From what I heard, the salmon fish oil is one of the best .

  10. CZCZCZ profile image90
    CZCZCZposted 9 years ago

    From a basic health standpoint you should be ok eating farmed fish, however I would never put a single bite in my mouth.  I am quite lucky as I live near some of the best salmon fishing in the world and we eat fish wild salmon on a regular basis.  Also if you have never had line and rod caught canned albacore tuna then you don't really know what good canned tuna is about.  Everything is always better when it is caught individually and processed and prepared by yourself, but that is not a luxury everyone can enjoy.  So overall I think it is safe to eat most farmed fish, otherwise it would not be allowed, of course there are instances that it is harmful, but those are likely rare cases that could happen with any of our mass produced food items.

    1. theframjak profile image93
      theframjakposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      CZCZCZ, I envy your situation.  I lived in Alaska for a year and loved eating fresh caught salmon.  It tastes so different and so much better then the offerings available at my local grocery store.

  11. Paul Du profile image60
    Paul Duposted 9 years ago

    The nutrient profile of wild salmon is much healthier.  Farmed salmon is much higher in fat with a poorer fat profile (higher levels of saturated fat, lower levels of omega3). The pink colour in wild salmon is due to astaxanthin a powerful antioxidant, while in farmed salmon they use additives in the food to dye the flesh pink. Farmed salmon are fed antibiotics and growth simulators and eat a grain based diet, fish aren't designed to eat carbohydrate rich plants. Conversely, the meat in wild salmon has been made by natural feeding and life-cycle activity.
    Unfortunately the seas have been polluted with heavy metals, particularly mercury .  As wild salmon eat other sea life they can concentrate the pollution within thier tissues.  Farmed salmon is reared in sea pens, it does absorb some pollution but as they don't eat other sea life, they have lower levels.

    1. theframjak profile image93
      theframjakposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good points Paul, I often forget about the heavy metal related concerns of wild fish.  Thanks for commenting.


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