Doctor Oz, 1/18/2018, investigates fraud in the salmon industry and re-evaluates his position on farm raised salmon. For years, Oz has talked about the health benefits of salmon and the Omega3 Fatty Acids it is loaded with that have been shown to help manage weight and keep the brain working properly. This highly healthy protein is easy to prepare and the possibilities are endless. Wild caught salmon are the most desirable and come at a premium price. Oz says the difference in price of wild and farm salmon can be as much as 15 dollars a pound making it a prime target in a basically unregulated industry.
Oz says a new study showed that over 40% of salmon was mislabeled in a recent study of various grocery stores and restaurants. In the case of the restaurants, it is unclear as to whether the business was duped or the establishment was committing the fraud. In grocery stores, the same result were found. Unfortunately there is no real process for regulating this industry but Oz has a tip. He says wild salmon are only available during the summer and fall months. So most fraud occurs in the winter.
Oz has always talked about staying away from farm raised salmon. He says he still believes that wild caught fish are better than farm raised counterparts. He adds that new farming methods have helped him change his mind on farm raised salmon. Normally, salmon are farmed in pens around the shorelines. This is devastating on the environment as waste and excess feeds goes into the natural food chain along with the potential of spreading diseases. If you want to buy farm raised salmon, Oz says to look for salmon farming in closed tank systems that do not mix with open water. This is better for the environment and for the salmon.
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