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Farmed Fish Fiasco
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
There's a lot of buzz out there about the difference between wild- caught and farmed fish, particularly salmon. Well here's your tip of the day. Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says "fresh Atlantic" it's still farmed.

Farmed salmon are fed crammed into pens and fed: soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. That's according to David Carpenter MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the U of Albany and publisher of a major study about fish contamination in Science,

Farmed salmon are lower in Vit D and higher in contaminants including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants and the pesticides dioxin and DDT. Some new science is linking DDT to diabetes and obesity, while other nutritionists are noting that the benefits of salmon's omegas may outweight some of these risks.

Wow, so what can you do? The majority of restaurants and grocers sell primarily farmed salmon. If you eat one farmed entree per week you're decreasing your risks. Try to shop for the wild-caught and ask your stores and favorite restaurants to try to provide the wild-caught alternative.

These are tough times for folks trying to navigate contaminated waters. Just be salmon saavy.

Dr Peeke
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pallzy responded:
There are time that both are not an option here in lovely land locked Nebraska. Are you better off to eat the farm-raised fish or skip it altogether?
feduptwice replied to pallzy's response:
and does this apply to salmon only? I eat a lot of tillapia, and also sea food which I assume is safe-shrimp, scallop,crab??

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