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The quantity of mercury in the ocean and in our fish has become scary and a cause of angst among many health conscious eaters, and so farm-raised fish are being more frequently chosen over those which are caught from the wild.
We often get asked: What is the healthier choice? Wild-Caught or Farm-Raised?
Nutritionally speaking, the FDA data reveals that there are in fact nutritional differences between farm-raised and wild-caught salmon. In particular, wild salmon have a lower fat content (at about 20% by weight) and a higher protein content (at about 20% by weight) than compared to farm-raised salmon which come in at a whopping 30-35% fat content by weight! Additionally, the amount of omega-6 fats are proportionally high in farm-raised salmon whereas their omega-3 is low compared to Wild-caught salmon. When this occurs the omega-6's use up specific enzymes contributing to a pro-inflammatory state. While we need both omega-3 and omega-6 in our diet, omega-3 is much harder to obtain from our regular diets and we usually do so by eating cold water fish such as salmon. While on the other hand it is easy for us to get omega-6 as they are relatively abundant in our diet.
One of the most significant things you can do while you are planning your menu for the week is to think of "nourishment" first. Meal planning with nourishment as the ultimate goal will help ensure that you have all the essential vitamins and minerals you need that are responsible for producing the thousands of chemical reactions inside of you each day. You will also need to consider "energy" as this will fuel your cells for all those reactions.
When choosing foods for your menu plan, it is helpful to keep in mind that foods contain not only carbohydrates, proteins, or minerals, but rather, there is typically a mix of many different nutrients in each item. Yet since some foods contain a higher amount of an element when compared to a different food they are said to be a "good source" of that element and gain a reputation for containing it. For example, nuts have the reputation of being a good source of fats, yet they are also fill the slot as a good source of protein too.
When planning your meals, we recommend this general thought process:
The word "fragrance" can sound fairly innocuous, even pleasant. But could fragrances found in common household products be harmful to you or your family? Many people are discovering that they are sensitive to the fragrances used in their laundry detergent, shampoo, or body lotions. Some people who find these fragrances on their skin, hair, and clothing develop allergic reactions to one or more chemicals used in these products. Others who are especially sensitive may even be bothered by the chemical fragrances on other people in close quarters, such as in an office or on public transportation.
Chemical sensitivity(sensitivities) are beginning to be taken seriously by many organizations, even major institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A June 2009 CDC indoor environmental quality policy encouraged its employees "to be as fragrance-free as possible" when they arrive at work: "Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, and chronic headaches/migraines."
Globally, about 30% of the populace is either overweight or obese, according to the National Institutes of Health this statistic is higher in the U.S. at about 35.7% of adults being obese. Obesity is diagnosed when your Body Mass Index (BMI) is higher than 30. Obesity has been cited as one of the major contributors of death at roughly 5% of deaths each year1. In one recent report obesity is driving an estimated half a million cancer cases annually 2-3. Two-thirds of obesity-related cancers including colon, rectum, ovary and endometrial cancers occur in North America and Europe. Women have the highest risk factor and are developing obesity-driven cancers almost twice as often as their male counterparts4. If this trend marches on the experts think that roughly 50% the world's population will be overweight or obese by the year 20305.
Protein is an essential building block of the human body, found in just about every tissue and organ. About 20% of the human body is made up of protein. Proteins themselves are made from amino acids which act like tiny molecular workers in the body, moving nutrients to where they are needed, repairing tissue, helping out the immune system, and removing waste. Traditionally nutrition experts recommend that adults get about 8 grams of protein for per day for every 20 pounds of body weight. But is that recommended amount the same for everyone? Because protein is so closely tied to the body’s use of energy, in general, more active people will require more protein. If you’re an athlete or someone who likes to visit the gym on a regular basis, you might need to increase the amount of protein you consume—as much as doubling the recommendation above—depending upon how frequent and how intense your physical activity is.