Thursday, August 26, 2010

Choose Seafood That's Healthy For You and the Environment

Allie Moxley


Over the past few years, a lot of people have begun recognizing the great health benefits of eating seafood. Omega-3 fatty acids have become a buzz word that all of the health gurus love to talk about on daytime television shows an in magazine articles, and its easy to see why. Omega-3s help reduce people's blood pressure and cholesterol, which help reduce risks for cancer and heart disease, two of America's biggest health problems. Unfortunately even though seafood is becoming more popular, many fewer people recognize how important it is to recognize that the type of fish and where it comes from affect them. There is a huge difference in both the amount of health benefits that consumers get, and in how the the environment is affected by the type of fishing that is done. That's why it's important for consumers to become educated about the differences between various fish products, even if they sound similar like Alaska Canned Salmon and Atlantic salmon.

Firstly, its essential that people understand that fish caught in the wild is much more healthy than farmed fish in terms of nutrients provided. Scientists and environmentalists have warned the public over and over about how farmed fish often have high concentrations of pesticides, PCBs and dioxins, all of which are bad for human consumption. Unfortunately, some of the seafood products that are the easiest and cheapest to get are these unhealthy farmed fish, but most customers would not be able to tell the difference in the supermarket. Canned salmon is one of the most popular choices of seafood that consumers buy, but they don't realize that when the cans are labeled "Atlantic salmon" that almost always means the fish has been farmed.

Alaska Canned Salmon, on the other hand, is a healthy choice for both consumers and the environment. Alaska Canned Salmon comes from the fresh Pacific Ocean rather than tiny, confined fish farms that contain dirty water. This source of seafood is provided by sustainable fisheries off of the Pacific Coast that are well-regulated by the government. So consumers can eat the seafood guilt-free without worrying about the environmental damage that is caused by some fishing methods. If that wasn't enough to motivate consumers, the USDA has also reported that Alaska Canned Salmon provides as much as four times more Omega-3 fatty acids as other canned alternatives like tuna do. Once consumers start getting educated about these important factors, they'll be able to start making smart choices about the seafood they consume.

Alaska's fishing industry leads the world in environmental protection measures. From efforts to improve traceability to strict enforcement procedures, Alaska continually shows how committed it is to preserving the ocean for the next generation.

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