When it comes to buying fish, reading labels is oh-so-very important.
First - what NOT to buy:
The second thing I want to point out about the salmon, above, is the fact that it is farm-raised. For the uninformed I supposed farm-raised sounds like a good thing. Alas, it is not for fish.
Farm-raised is good for oh, say: pigs, cows, sheep, chicken...the kind of things that Old MacDonald raised on his farm.
But fish? Um, no.
Do not buy farm-raised fish.
Farm-raised fish is typically fed genetically modified corn and or soy. And a lot of it. Let me ask you a question. Does a natural fish diet consist of grain?
The reason farm-raised fish is often color added is because the fish are packed into a tank and stuffed with a monochromatic diet. The variation of food in a natural environment is what gives salmon the beautiful color.
So, what should you look for when buying fish in a land locked state?
Two words: wild caught.
Wild caught = healthy environment, eating the various foods that were intended to be eaten by fish.
Another thing to consider on the label is the country of origin. I try not to by any food that is from China. From the things I've read, it is a country with a bad reputation in the realm of food safety and quality. Please do your own research.
When grocery shopping for fish in a land locked state read the labels and consider these things:
- wild caught or farm-raised?
- country of origin
- real food ingredients that you can pronounce.
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