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The American Heart Association recommends we eat oily fish like salmon twice a week for its heart healthy benefits.

Health minute: Farm vs. wild salmon

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    Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 8:22 PM -

    The American Heart Association recommends eating oily fish like salmon twice a week for its heart healthy benefits.  

    But what is best for us, wild or farm raised salmon?  

    Dr. Sharon Bergquist says salmon is good for us because it is "really high in omega 3 fatty acids, those are the really good fats. It's also very high in protein and high quality protein and relatively low in saturated fat."  


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    About 10 years ago studies found farm raised salmon contained more contaminants than the wild due to run off from the fish pens as well as chemical pollutants in the feed.

    But that's not so much the case now.  

    "In the past decade that gap has been closed largely because of improvements in farming techniques as well as improvements in the feed salmon are given," Dr. Bergquist says. 

    Water pollution can affect all salmon, but you can help protect yourself by the way you cook. 

    Start by removing the skin and as much fat as you can. 

    Then, grill or broil the salmon to let fat run off -- that's where most pollutants are stored.  

    But whether you choose farm or wild salmon, health experts say you are doing your heart a favour.  

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