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

To Save or Splurge on Salmon
Read the label on the package to be sure the "wild salmon" really came from the wild.
Read the label on the package to be sure the "wild salmon" really came from the wild.

So, do the health benefits and environmental concerns outweigh the cash you'll save if you buy Atlantic salmon? Well, that depends.

Be sure to research carefully where your salmon is coming from, even if you're buying wild salmon. Unfortunately, what's sometimes marketed as Pacific salmon is actually Atlantic. According to one study, six of eight fish shops were selling farmed salmon that was marketed as wild. When buying wild salmon, particularly during the off-season, ask to see a label or ask where the wild fish came from.

Basically, any kind of salmon is going to be good for you. It's good for your health, particularly your heart and your brain, and it's an excellent source of the all-important omega-3 fatty acids. While wild salmon is the best choice for the environment and for your body, farmed salmon can be a good alternative if you're watching your wallet.

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  • "Wild vs. Farmed Salmon." Fish Facts for Healthy Nutrition. Washington State Department of Health.

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