Sockeye Salmon Review – Healthiest & Tastiest Fish
Posted On May 12, 2019
Wild-caught Sockeye Salmon is one of the most flavorful filets you’ll ever experience. It’s loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which means it’s good for you, too. Here, we’ve paired it with our creamy Butternut Squash Risotto and Roasted Garlic Finishing Butter to create a hands-down delicious seafood feast.
Best Place to Buy: Amazon Fresh
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Sockeye Salmon Overview
I went to two dinner parties recently and guess what was served at both? Salmon. It made me wonder: is salmon the new steak? If so great! I love this fish and am perfectly fine with that. The US Dietary Guidelines recommends Americans eat two servings of fish a week.
Loaded with heart-healthy and brain boosting omega- 3 fats, salmon is among the healthiest, tastiest and most popular fish.
There´s a wide range of price, color and taste among the six species of salmon, we commonly eat, so it depends on your budget, what´s available and the recipe you have in mind.
The largest (and often the most expensive), the king or chinook is prized for its high fat content and buttery texture and is rich in omega-3s. Sockeye (reviewed here-shown above), an oilier fish with deep red flesh, is also high in heart healthy omega-3s but has strong flavor and stands up well to grilling.
Coho is milder and often lighter in color. Pink and chum are smaller fish and most often used in canning or smoking and are good budget choices.
Last, the most common fish you will find at the market, the species known as Atlantic, now endangered in the wild and not a recommended choice.
Michael Joseph, nutritionist and founder of Nutrition Advance website, provides the following nutrition facts about sockeye salmon based on 5 oz fillet (140 g):
- 214 calories
- 0g carbohydrate
- 10 g fat (omega 3:1.58g; omega 6:0.11g )
- 5g protein
The following table shows the vitamin and protein profile, wild salmon provides:
|Niacin (Vitamin B3)
|Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
|Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
|Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
As shown above, wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is a significant source of B vitamins and selenium.
In fact sockeye salmon is more nutritious than most other kinds of salmon.
The first positive of wild salmon is the benefits it brings for heart health.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 in the world, and all varieties provide large amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Omega-3 exerts a range of health-protective effects on the cardiovascular system. Specifically, these impacts include:
- Reducing triglycerides
- Normalizing heart rhythm
- Improving blood flow
- Lowering (high) blood pressure
All of these factors significantly reduce the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease.
Selenium is a critical mineral for our overall health
Selenium deficiency can lead to a wide range of health problems, including:
- Poor immune function
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Low fertility levels
- Dull and damaged skin, nails, and hair
- Cardiovascular disease (in the long-term)
With this in mind, another key benefit of wild Alaskan salmon is the significant amount of selenium it provides.
The omega-3 fatty acid named docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is one of the best things we can consume for brain health.
While a basic level of DHA is an absolute requirement for normal brain function, higher levels are likely necessary to protect our brain health.
Sockeye salmon is an abundant source of DHA, and it is this fatty acid that many people credit for the cognitive health of the Japanese elderly.
DHA may go some way in explaining the burden of cognitive decline related disease in the Western world. For instance, Japanese elderly have twice the circulating levels of DHA compared to those of a similar age in England.
Besides this, there is a strong link between low serum levels of DHA and cognitive decline risk over a decade.
Research shows that adequate DHA levels are protective against all-cause cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and vascular dementia
As can be noted from the nutrient profile and some of the many benefits, wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is one of the best foods you can eat
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