Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and one of the main reasons is that it’s chock full of omega 3s. These health-promoting fats have been found to be beneficial to heart health and brain health, as well as for inflammation, circulation, memory, thought, and blood sugar control. Salmon is not only a superb source of omega 3s, but it’s also a great source of high-quality protein.
It also contains more than half of the Daily Value for vitamin B12 and 30% of the Daily Value for niacin. It’s very important to know that wild and farmed salmon are two very different animals, and it is the wild version that you want to eat. Farm-raised salmon are packed like sardines at the salmon farms where disease can spread rapidly in these conditions.
For this reason, farmed fish receive tons of antibiotics, both in their feed and through injections. These farm-raised salmon are also fed grain, which is not their natural diet. As a result, the fat of farmed salmon contain a much higher proportion of inflammatory omega 6s, a fat that we already consume far too much of.
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth