Incorporating fish, especially salmon, into your meals is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. The health benefits of salmon include low levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and low levels of mercury and other contaminants. The debate between wild salmon and farmed salmon centers around several issues, including contamination and environmental concerns. If you are considering incorporating farmed salmon into your diet, this article will cover the health facts and some common misperceptions.
When it comes to farmed salmon versus wild, some critics maintain that farmed salmon is not as healthy or environmentally-friendly due to practices used in farming, such as the use of antibiotic treatments. At Salmones Aysén, we pride ourselves on adhering to the highest standard in biosecurity, with a processing time of 8 hours of less after harvesting our AysénCoho. Our harvest process is 1/6 as long as that for fresh salmon from overseas, which is often reprocessed more than 48 hours after leaving the packing plant. This exposes the fish to increased biological risk, not to mention decreasing its taste and quality.
Another benefit of AysénCoho is that this salmon has tight and strong scales, which makes it resistant to infectious salmon anemia (ISA) and sea lice. The absence of these diseases eliminates the need for any chemical treatment on the fish.
When it comes to farmed salmon, AysénCoho is an especially good choice for many reasons. One of the primary health benefits of salmon is the presence of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon in particular contains high levels of these acids due to their ability retain oil in their muscles. Omega-3 fatty acids provide a multitude of health benefits for every age. The acids assist in the development of healthy brains, nerves, and eyesight throughout pregnancy. Adults can experience health benefits such as lower inflammation and blood pressure, which can lead to a decreased risk for stroke, heart attack, and irregular heartbeats. Other health benefits for adults include a reduced risk for cognitive issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, depression, and arthritis. With a 5-ounce serving of AysénCoho, you will get 3.24 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, along with 1.4 grams of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Two servings of AysénCoho satisfies the American Heart Association’s recommendation to eat at least 8 oz. of non-fried fish each week in order to get omega-3 fatty acids.
Another common misperception of farmed salmon is the increased pollution in the area. Typically, farmed salmon are raised in net pens, which pollutes the water with uneaten food and fish excrement, particularly in areas with low currents. In contrast, AysénCoho is raised in its natural habitat of the Pacific Ocean, eliminating the need for most antibiotic treatments. Raised in half the time as other types of salmon, this particular species offers a smaller environmental footprint. In addition, AysénCoho is shipped via boat, reducing its carbon footprint by 20% when compared to shipping fresh salmon via plane.
As a company, Salmones Aysén’s commitment to environmentally-friendly and high-quality products has been recognized by several organizations. The company is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), along with the Ewos Best Site Aware from Cargill. As a recipient for the last 8 years, this recognizes Salmones Aysén’s excellent performance in feed conversion rates.
Take into account all of the health benefits that farmed salmon such as AysénCoho offers when selecting the right type of salmon for your diet.