Farm-Raised vs. Wild Salmon

Not sure if you should stock Atlantic (farm-raised) or Alaskan (wild-caught) salmon? Let us take the guesswork out of it for you.

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In general, wild-caught Alaskan salmon is the smarter pick. Farmed salmon, usually labeled “Atlantic salmon,” are typically raised in tight pens and given antibiotics to reduce the spread of disease. They are also fed large quantities of fish meal, which often contains PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and other carcinogens. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon, on the other hand, dwell in relatively clean waters and consume a healthier, more diverse diet.

Now that you know which version is better for you, get inspired with 10 healthy salmon fillet recipes.

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