This Supposedly Healthy Food Will Make You Sick! by Dr. Eddie Hall

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This Supposedly Healthy Food Will Make You Sick!

What’s up Triple P!!!!  Can you guess what the “healthy” food is that can make you sick?

I have been living in the Midwest for quite some time now as many of you know, and as you also know its VERY difficult to get any wild caught fish from the stores. Getting the high quality wild caught fish is only going to get more difficult in the future. This would be a great time to schedule out a few fishing trips to load up for the year. I always have patients ask me about the difference in wild fish and farm raised; which is the better option? So I thought this would be a great topic to dig into and put a list together of the good, bad, and ugly.

Wild vs. Farmed Salmon
Next time you are shopping for salmon take time and just visually inspect the difference in color between wild vs. farmed salmon. You will quickly notice the difference in color with the wild salmon presenting with a darker pink. This is due to wild salmon containing the antioxidant astaxanthin.  This anti-inflammatory molecule has a myriad of health benefits, including improving muscle endurance. Wild salmon are constantly eating a diet high in astaxanthin-rich plankton, while farmed salmon are getting a knockoff version that is produced from petrochemicals like coal.

When We Eat Fish, We Consume All The Pollutants They Were Exposed To

When we eat anything, we’re also going to be consuming all the pollutants that that animal, fruit, or vegetable has been exposed to. Let’s stick to the animals in this blog most importantly fish and in this case, we will stay focused on salmon. There is a pollutant known as dioxins, this is a toxin that is mostly released by incinerating trash. This harmful pollutant is stored in the fat tissue of animals; especially those of farm raised salmon and most times at a potentially dangerous degree. Continual exposure to dioxin has been linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, infertility, immune system issues, hormonal issues, and this list goes on and on.

More Bad News About Farm Raised Salmon

Unfortunately, this is only the start of the bad things found in farm raised salmon.  Another harmful contaminant is polychlorinated biphenyls or (PCBs), this is a chemical found in paint and plastics. There was a study done in the early 2000s that showed that the level of PCBs was up to 10x higher in farm raised fish as opposed to wild caught. PCBs have been linked with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance.

If you have read any of my other posts about supplementation then you already know that healthy fats are essential fuel for our bodies, but that not all fats are created equal. There are good fats (omega 3s) found in both wild and farmed salmon, but the farmed salmon is higher in overall fat and calories, but most importantly higher omega-6 fats. Omega-6s are HIGHLY inflammatory. Inflammation is a key player in almost every chronic illness there is including the likes of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and multiple forms of plaquing of the brain.

Wild Salmon Is The Only Choice

Wild Salmon is far more nutritious, full of greater vitamins and minerals per calorie than farmed fish. This major difference is due to the diet the salmon are eating. Wild Salmon eat other organisms found in its natural environment, whereas farmed fish are fed a higher fat processed diet to produce larger fish, which ultimately can sell for a bigger profit. Wild salmon are packed with calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, and omega 3 fatty acids.

My best advice is to seek out wild fish whenever possible; and be sure to check labels. Don’t get fooled by names like “Atlantic Salmon.” While you might think that would mean the fish is harvested from the Atlantic Ocean, almost all “Atlantic Salmon” are actually farm raised!!


Yours in good health,

– Dr. E


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About the author, WJ

WJ Vincent II is a life long entrepreneur who has been building businesses from start-up to success for almost 30 years. Some of those businesses have been as diverse as lake-shore development in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, day trading, advertising, telecommunications, internet, health and nutrition, as well as environmental products.