The Difference Between Wild and Farmed Salmon – Which is Better?
Here at Sidewalk Chef Kitchen, wild salmon is a staple on our menu. You can find it on our “From the Kitchen” menu along with our Fresh Express. Wild salmon is full of health benefits, including containing omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B, along with serving as a high source of protein. Have you ever wondered about the difference between wild and farmed salmon? There’s a good reason we prefer wild salmon here at the Kitchen. Read on below to learn more!
Wild Salmon vs. Farmed Salmon
Wild salmon is just that: salmon caught out in the wild. They’re caught in their natural environments, including oceans, rivers, and lakes. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, is fish that is bred purely for human consumption. Farmed salmon are fed processed fish food, which means they will end up having a higher calorie and fat count per 198 grams. Check out the chart below, with information sourced from our friends at Healthline:
When choosing wild salmon, the protein count is relatively the same as farmed salmon, but you are eating fewer calories and have fewer grams of fat and saturated fat per serving.
In addition, farmed salmon is more likely to contain mercury and other trace metals. Farmed fish are also more susceptible to disease than wild fish and therefore are given antibiotics to fight off sickness. No thank you!
Since it’s our mission to feed you clean and healthy meals, you can see why we prefer wild salmon at Sidewalk Chef Kitchen! Next time you stop in for lunch or place an order for delivery or pickup, add some of our wild salmon to your order for a protein-packed and wholesome meal.
Chef Shashank will be on the Lens of Muhammad podcast with Patrick Muhammad on Tuesday, March 9th. Tune in to hear more about why we love cooking with wild salmon!