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 2. Wild Caught vs Farm-Raised Fish: The Facts

  • Farm raised salmon has been shown to contain dioxin levels 11 times higher than wild-caught salmon. Dioxin is a toxic chemical which has been linked to cancer.
  • Farm-raised fish are treated with antibiotics and pesticides, traces of which can and do end up in the food we eat.
  • Wild caught tilapia contain much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and the omega-3’s found in the farm-raised variety are less bioavailable (usable by the body).
  • Farm-raised tilapia can contribute to inflammation and has less protein than wild tilapia.


3. How to Reduce the Risks of Farm-Raised Fish

The simplest way to reduce your risk of health problems from farm-raised fish is to simply not eat it. Of course, this is easier said than done, considering around 50% of seafood sold in the United States is raised in captivity. Some fish farms have adopted healthier fish raising practices, so the quality of farm-raised fish may improve in the future. In the meantime, there are practical steps you can take to reduce your risk.

  • Shop around. Buy wild-caught fish whenever you can. It may cost a bit more but the increased nutrition and reduced risk of contaminants is worth the price. If you’re in a restaurant, ask the chef or waiter whether the fish was captive or wild.
  • With salmon, check which ocean it comes from. Pacific or Alaskan salmon is usually caught by fisherman in the wild. If the label says “Atlantic Salmon”, it’s usually farm-raised.
  • Certain brands are healthier than others, and certain stores have higher standards than others. Whole Foods for example, has implemented stricter safety standards for how the farm-raised fish they sell are fed and cared for. Avoid buying fish imported from China when possible.
  • The most commonly farm-raised foods are salmon, catfish, tilapia, “sea” bass, and codfish. If you’re buying one of these 5 types of fish, confirm whether it’s wild or captive and if it’s the latter, also check whether it comes from a reputable farm.
  • Consider supplementing with a high-quality fish oil if you don’t have access to good fish on a regular basis.


READ ALSO: Top 15 Contaminated Fish You Shouldn’t be Eating


Do your research, and you can enjoy the amazing health benefits of a diet rich in fish without exposing yourself to needless risk.


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