By Patricia Miller
The findings were revealed by Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization, and were published on Wednesday, October 28.
It appears that salmon fraud becomes especially more common as the cold season approaches, and it’s 67% likely that when ordering this type of fish customers will not get what they are actually paying for.
More precisely, wild salmon is thought to have around 32% fewer calories, although it contains comparable protein levels. In addition, wild salmon has half as much fat, and a third of the saturated fat content encountered in farmed fish.
Also, there are higher concentrations of iron, potassium, zinc and calcium in wild salmon, in comparison with the farmed variety.
More importantly, farmed salmon is usually grown while jammed into pens, and fed poultry litter or soy, according to Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany.
Its nutritional value is therefore diminished, and there are also health risks associated with its consumption, since it’s higher in carcinogens, antibiotics, flame retardants and pesticides.
Given these aspects, the fact that farmed salmon is sold at a higher price tag, as if it were wild fish from the Chinook or Coho variety, is quite harrowing.