Friday, March 4, 2011

Salmon: Farm Raised vs. Wild Caught

Salmon is a super food packed full of omega-3 fats.  Why are omega-3’s so good?  They offer cardiovascular protection, reduce heart attacks, improve brain function, memory, skin health, kidney function, lower blood pressure and the list goes on and on!
But all salmon are not created equal!  There are two types you will typically find,  Farm Raised and Wild Caught.

Wild salmon gets its color from feeding on krill, providing a highly beneficial natural carotenoid that gives it that rich red color.  Wild salmon have no added chemicals, antibiotics, preservatives, growth hormones, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

Farm raised salmon has never even seen a krill and are instead fed a diet of grain.  Seriously?  Last time I checked grain isn’t part of the food chain in the ocean!!  Farm raised salmon gets its color from a dye that is injected because without it, the salmon would be a pale gray.  Yuck!!!!!  Farm raised salmon are raised in large pens and it is estimated that feces from one large salmon farm can equal the sewage from a city of 10,000 people!!  Since they are packed in by the thousands (pretty much like a can of sardines), disease can spread rapidly,  therefore, farmed fish receive antibiotics in their food and through injections.  . Farm raised salmon have repeatedly been shown to have up to 10 times higher levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other environmental toxins than wild salmon.  Ummm, no thank you.
Wild caught salmon tend to be more expensive than their farm raised cousins, but the health benefits you receive from them totally outweigh the costs!  If you don’t want to spend the money to buy wild, maybe find another way to get your weekly dosage of omega-3’s.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Health Hazards Due to Plastics - Health Tips from EWG | Environmental Working Group

Hi everybody! I am in the process of working on the next post but came across this article today and thought it was important to share.

I have heard a lot of rumblings over the last year regarding the safety of plastic and have made a conscience effort to be more mindful when using it. I do agree with this article that totally removing plastic from your life is not practical, however, there are definitely key areas that we all can work on in an attempt to limit the exposure to these harmful chemicals!

Health Hazards Due to Plastics - Health Tips from EWG Environmental Working Group