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Question about sea caught fish

Answered on March 17, 2014
Created March 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Hello. I'm a foreigner new to this site, and also a lightweight follower of the Paleo way of life who's trying to become closer to heavy-weight, in order to get rid of this heavy weight, lol. Anyhow, here's my question: What are the cheapest fish rich in omega 3 that are also the least likely to be farm raised?

I'm guessing in the US, it wouldn't be too difficult to find sea caught fish for sale, but in my country, all sort of information pertaining to food, and their source are very.... limited to say the least.

Organic Meat is too expensive here, and it seems there's no way to find out if the fish sold is really sea caught or farm-raised, so it's essentially a gamble for the latter... So, I might have better chances to hit the sea caught jackpot if I stick with fish that are unlikely to be farm raised. Basically, I'm stuck to regular supermarkets that have little to no information for their produce. So, any advice to get the most Paleo food out of extremely limited mainstream low-quality supermarkets should hopefully apply even out here.

Thanks in advance.

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on March 17, 2014
at 08:55 PM

Cod is not an oily fish. It's more or less pure protein.

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on March 17, 2014
at 05:09 PM

Nice. Yeah I get the Kippered Herring snacks from Polar. They're cheap over here but pretty damn good. You are in the UK so you probably have a lot more options over there.

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on March 17, 2014
at 04:15 PM

Never tried Herring before, sounds like i'm in for a treat! Gonna pick some up tonight

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 03:36 PM

Sardines and Kippered Herring are AWESOME!!! They are staples for me as well. Delicious, nutritious, convenient, low in mercury, wild caught and super affordable. They're perfect.

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on March 17, 2014
at 09:00 PM

You might see whether you can find freshwater salmonids. Around here there's an abundance of lake trout, which according to the following is the highest omega 3 fish there is.

http://seafood.oregonstate.edu/.pdf%20Links/Omega-3%20Content%20in%20Fish.pdf

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on March 17, 2014
at 04:05 PM

Sardines, anchovies, herring, and mackerel are the best sources. Highest in O3, low in mercury (mackerel is not the same animal as jack mackerel).

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on March 17, 2014
at 03:21 PM

Sardines are a good bet, they're small, so unlikely to contain much mercury, and are usually wild caught, and are also a good source of n3's.

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on March 15, 2014
at 12:39 AM

Ah, I see. Thanks for answering all my questions; it helped a lot. Now I should be able to relax a little more when buying my groceries! :D

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on March 15, 2014
at 12:29 AM

If the fish isn't spoiled (and there would be no question about it was) then no. I just knew the species that they fish for over here is pretty white, but the color can range depending on the type of cod. Yeah, sardines and kippered herring are always my go-to fish staples. :)

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 03:36 PM

Sardines and Kippered Herring are AWESOME!!! They are staples for me as well. Delicious, nutritious, convenient, low in mercury, wild caught and super affordable. They're perfect.

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on March 15, 2014
at 12:15 AM

I do believe most of our cod is of national origin, or comes from Portugal, so probably not. Is there a problem with the meat being too red though? I think most of the cod I ate were whitish, or yellowish by the way. Ah, nice. I was hoping sardines were one of the safer bets. :)

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on March 17, 2014
at 08:55 PM

Cod is not an oily fish. It's more or less pure protein.

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on March 14, 2014
at 11:59 PM

Here's something I found on cod:

http://www.fishchoice.com/buying-guide/pacific-cod I'm sure the statistics are U.S based, but maybe you can at least find out if it's Alaskan cod you're buying? If they say it's Alaskan, and the meat isn't too red, then I would think there's a pretty good chance it actually is wild-caught Alaskan cod. I do know that they definitely catch sardines and herring in the ocean because that's the most practical way to harvest them (and I would assume anchovies would follow in that logic).

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on March 14, 2014
at 11:30 PM

Oh, according to this site: http://draxe.com/eating-tilapia-is-worse-than-eating-bacon/ . cod was said to one of the commonly farm raised types... But if that information isn't accurate, that's pretty good news. Would you happen to know if most sardines and anchovies are wild caught as well?

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on March 14, 2014
at 11:11 PM

I believe most tuna is wild caught, as well as cod, and (at least here in the U.S) Pollock is usually wild caught from Alaska.

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