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Farmed or Wild: What’s the Best Salmon to Buy?

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How to choose salmon

by Carina Storrs

Most everyone loves salmon. It’s rich in protein and healthy fats, it’s good for your health, and it tastes delicious.

But sometimes it seems like you need a marine biology degree before you hit the market. Should you choose Atlantic, Alaskan, or sockeye? Which has more heart-healthy omega-3s and fewer toxins—farmed or wild salmon?

And in addition to your own health, how does your choice—whether wild salmon from Alaska or farmed salmon from Chile— affect the environment?

Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you’re stumped in the seafood aisle.

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