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Save vs. Splurge: Pacific or Atlantic Salmon (farmed vs. wild)

Health Benefits of Salmon

Not only is salmon tasty to eat, but it's highly nutritious and beneficial to your health. It's low in calories, high in protein and a great source of the essential fatty acids, omega-3. While all fish contain these "good fats," they're especially plentiful in salmon.

Omega-3 fatty acids benefit vision and brain development in infants and cardiovascular and immune health in adults. In addition, salmon contains selenium, a source of protein, magnesium and vitamin B6. Both wild and farmed salmon have relatively low levels of mercury and other metals.

Salmon's nutritional value makes it a healthy dish. But which kind of salmon should you buy? As far as taste goes, the jury is still out. While many people claim they prefer the taste of fresh wild salmon, other people can't tell the difference. Basically, the wild vs. farmed salmon debate boils down to three main points: environmental issues, contamination and omega 3-fatty acid levels. More about the environment on the next page.