3 Common Foods You Need To Stop Eating Right Now

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2. Farm-raised salmon

This is one of the worst offenders on the list. Salmon is one of the most popular fish in the world and is generally perceived as a healthy and lean alternative to a burger or steak. The problem is that unless it is specifically labeled as “wild-caught,” most salmon sold in stores come from huge commercial fish farms.

Farm-raised salmon spend their lives in large, crowded enclosures where they are fed a diet of artificial fish-feed, supplements, antibiotics, and other drugs to protect them from the diseases that flourish in these conditions. The result of all this is a product that is not nearly as healthy as wild salmon, and is packed to the gills (literally) with contaminants and is lacking in nutritional value.

Many people are aware that fish fat is actually good for you, since it is rich in Omega-3 fats that are good for the heart. However, that’s only true of wild salmon; farmed salmon actually has a higher fat content than the wild variety, but it is more of the less healthy forms of fat and up to 50 percent less omega-3 fat.

Farmed salmon also has much higher levels of contamination from dioxin, PCBs, mercury, and other harmful compounds. And there is one other problem with farmed salmon that might be the most off-putting of all: You know that rich pink color that salmon is known for? It’s fake. Wild salmon consume a compound called astaxanthin in their natural diet which contributes to their unique pink-orange color. Salmon raised in captivity, on the other hand, do not get access to natural food sources, and would actually produce grey-colored flesh if they were not fed a special synthetic form of astaxanthin!

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