Few foods are as heart healthy as salmon and consumers were reminded of this fact as World Heart Day was celebrated around the globe on Monday. Touted as one of nature’s superfoods, salmon is high in the omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial in preventing heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids can also reduce the risk of cancer and lower cholesterol levels. Considered to be one of the best foods for heart health, salmon is also an excellent source of protein, antioxidants, vitamins A, a range of B vitamins, D, E, and B-carotene, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. The vitamins A, B12, and D in salmon can work as a natural antidepressant, and selenium is an excellent immune system booster.
As the world’s oceans become overfished and exploited, B.C. farm-raised salmon is a popular and sustainable way to enjoy the cardiovascular benefits of one of the fish recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Hormones and genetic modifications are never used to enhance growth in B.C.’s farm-raised salmon. Salmon is a lean protein, low in saturated fats, and can help to maintain a healthy weight. And not only is salmon delicious, but it’s easy to prepare. B.C. farm-raised salmon is available fresh 365 days a year.
About the BCSFA
Farm-raised salmon is B.C.’s highest-valued agricultural export with almost $300-million in value exported each year. Salmon farming in B.C. provides 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while contributing over $800-million annually to the provincial economy. The BCSFA represents the province’s vibrant salmon farming industry through its members – salmon farm companies and the businesses that proudly provide services and supplies to B.C.’s salmon farmers.
For more information visit BCSalmonFarmers.ca