The Truth About Salmon
Genetically modified salmon is one seriously hot topic, so we got a doc to separate the fishy facts from reality.
By Joanne Chen
Photo Credit: James Baigrie
Genetically modified salmon is controversial. But what about those confusing descriptions "organic," "wild," "Scottish"? David Carpenter, Ph.D., explains.
MYTH: Organic is best.
TRUTH: There's no standard for organic fish, so go with wild. Organic implies antibiotics aren't put in the water, but the salmon still get feed that has contaminants.
MYTH: Skip all farmed salmon.
TRUTH: If you can't get wild, opt for farmed Canadian, which has fewer contaminants than farmed European.
MYTH: Mercury is the issue with farmed salmon.
TRUTH: Salmon has little mercury. Dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls, and other toxins are the culprits.
MYTH: Wild salmon has more omega-3s than farmed.
TRUTH: Farmed salmon has more. They're fed fish oil. But the toxin risks outweigh the benefits of the fatty acids.