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Wild Mackerel vs Farmed Salmon

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I know there have been posts but this is more specific. Which is healthier, packaged Farmed Salmon or packaged Smoked Mackerel caught by trawler in the n.e Atlantic? I like the both but if the mackerel is a healthier choice then i'll enjoy it all the more as it is also cheaper. Your input would be much appreciated guys. Heres a link for the salmon http://www.harboursmokehouse.com/content/farms ..i can't find much on the mackerel webwise.

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thanks for your input, mackerel it is then!

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thanks for your input.

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thanks for your input.

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on March 16, 2013
at 03:26 PM

Wild fish is almost always better than farmed. I'd go with the mackerel, especially if you can get it cheaper.

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on March 16, 2013
at 03:32 PM

I don't eat farmed salmon. It has no color (what little color it has is usually added with dye) and tastes like cardboard. I don't know specifically how its nutrients differ from wild caught salmon (and the farmed fish industry will go through great lengths to make sure you never know), but intuitively I think it has almost none of them.

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on March 16, 2013
at 03:27 PM

Mackerel is by far the healthier choice. Honestly, I would personally rank mackerel above wild caught salmon.

Like salmon, mackerel is a very fatty fish (as in, there is oil throughout the fish, not that it has fat chunks). I think it's less popular, because it does taste more fishy -- not in the rotten-fishy smell sense, but just more "of the sea" sense. Saba, the sashimi mackerel cut, will give you a sense of this flavor in it's raw state, if you try it sometime.

If you're mainly looking for Omega-3 content, Mackerel does win out. http://fn.cfs.purdue.edu/fish4health/HealthBenefits/omega3.pdf - note that mackerel beats all kinds of salmon in this report - farmed or wild, and various species.

The smoking will change the FA content of the fish of course.

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thanks for your input, mackerel it is then!

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