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What is Best: Wild or Farm-Raised Salmon?

Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 03:44 PM EST

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating oily fish such as salmon twice a week for its heart healthy benefits. But what is best - wild or farm raised salmon?

First know, both are healthy.

"They are really high in omega 3 fatty acids, those are the really good fats," Dr. Sharon Bergquist said. "It's also very high in protein and high quality protein and relative low in saturated fat."

About 10 years ago studies found farm raised salmon contained more contaminants than the wild due to run off from the fish pens as well as chemical pollutants in the feed. But that is not so much the case now.

"In the past decade that gap has been closed largely because of improvements in farming techniques as well as improvements in the feed salmon are given," Dr. Bergquist said.

Water pollution can affect all salmon. Experts suggest removing the skin and as much fat as possible and then grilling or broiling to let that fat run off, as pollutants are stored in the fat of the fish.

Whether you choose farm or wild salmon health experts say you are doing your heart a favor.

What is Best: Wild or Farm-Raised Salmon?


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