Why America’s Favorite Fish Is Floundering

salmonFish, particularly fresh salmon, is a pretty perfect food, isn’t it?

Well, it turns out that not even this saintly sea creature can save you from some edible sins.

Author Talia Fuhrman offers a few points on America’s favorite fish. While the right salmon certainly carries plenty of heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, she admits, the truth regarding most salmon is far from divine. That’s because some salmon holds canthaxanthin, which is an artificial pink food dye created and produced by the pharmaceutical company DSM Nutritionals. This company offers what’s known as SalmoFan, which is a color chart much like paint store swatches, that allows fish farmers the choice of numerous shades of pink from which to color their salmon, writes Fuhrman in her book.

“Salmon raised in the wild develop a natural pink color from eating pink crustaceans, but all farm-raised salmon eat a processed ‘fish meal,’” she says. This meal ultimately leaves their flesh looking a “not-so-appetizing shade of gray,” she continues.

Even if your doctor wants you to fill up on salmon, you should probably reconsider, Fuhrman says. She believes that medical school pupils are taught to take approximately just 24 hours of formal nutrition education! In that case, it might be a good time to rethink medicine altogether, but that’s a whole new topic.

Anyways, what about wild salmon then? A 2005 New York Times investigation realized that some Pacific or Alaskan salmon is farm-raised, and Fuhrman says that all fish carry some pollution, regardless of whether they’re wild or farm-raised. By staying away from salmon, and sea creatures altogether, “we’re avoiding potential health problems and keeping ourselves on the road to body-lovin’ bliss,” Fuhrman concludes.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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