By thomas | July 7, 2008
Fish are good for you. But did you know that some fish are better for you than others? I’m not talking about katsuo vs. hirame. I’m talking wild fish vs. farmed fish. Wild fish, the kind that are caught in rivers, seas and oceans are much better for you than farmed fish, the kind fed and raised in a crowded tank.
Why are wild fish better for you? BrainReady explains (the article mentions salmon, but whatever):
It’s also important to know that only WILD salmon has been shown to contain the highest levels of the good stuff that your brain & body crave…as wild-caught fish grow and evolve their muscles, tissues and fat levels the hard way, fighting for survival of the fittest in the oceans and rivers. By contrast, many or most farm-raised salmon exist in a locked-up, artificial and sometimes contaminated environment and thus have to be fed food (or worse, color added later just before going to market!) to make them LOOK orange and healthy instead of white and sickly. Ewww!
Ok, so we know that wild fish are better than farm-raised fish when it comes to nutrition. How do we know which one we are buying at the grocery store? Look no further than the label. For fish that are farmed, the word 養殖 (ようしょく [youshoku]) will appear on the package. This word means something like “bred”, “raised”, “cultivated”. Stores are required to indicate farm-raised fish this way.
For wild fish (ie. the good kind), there are a couple different ways stores do it.
- They will write 天然 (てんねん [tennen]) on the label. This word means something like “natural”. Tennen fish are caught out in the water, not raised in a fish farm.
- They won’t write anything at all. The simple lack of the 養殖 (farmed fish) label is evidence enough that the fish is wild.
That’s it. Here are two pictures of salmon I bought at the store. Can you tell which one is farmed and which one is wild?
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