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Wild Alaskan Salmon Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

By Rob Poulos...

Salmon is often referred to as “steak of the sea” because it is one of the heartiest fish you can eat. It’s widely available and provides a wealth of fat burning and health benefits that we could all use.

Wild Alaskan salmon tastes goods, fills you up and provides you with so many health benefits that there’s no good reason not to eat it. Keep reading to find out what wild Alaskan salmon can do for your fat burning efforts!

Why Wild?

First let me say that if you absolutely cannot afford to eat wild Alaskan salmon then you should eat some salmon just for the health benefits. However the questionable farming methods of salmon may not allow you quite the same benefits of wild caught salmon.

For example, farmed salmon is injected with antibiotics to fight disease from its farming conditions and they are grain fed rather than algae, which is what gives wild Alaskan salmon many of its healthy omega-3 fatty acids your body needs.

Types of Salmon

If you’re unable to find wild Alaskan salmon, don’t worry sometimes they just have a different label. If you see wild caught fish labeled as; King, Chinook, Keta, Coho or Sockeye, these are all types of wild Alaskan salmon. Some of these types, particularly Keta and Coho can help you add more salmon to your diet as they are often more budget friendly.

About Salmon

Wild Alaskan salmon nutrition facts are just what you want to see in a lean protein. It’s low in calories—just 118 calories per 3-ounce serving—and high in protein. More importantly, wild Alaskan salmon has a relatively low amount of fat especially when you consider that 3 ounces have 947 micrograms of omega-3 fatty acids.

The one aspect of salmon nutrition facts that may give you pause is the cholesterol count. One serving of salmon provides you with 16% of your recommended daily value of cholesterol, a small number if you enjoy a well-balanced diet.

With no carbs or fiber, salmon is truly a lean protein that can help you boost your fat burning efforts.

Health Benefits of Salmon

Wild Alaskan salmon has a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which research has concluded can help your body fight heart disease and cancer, just to name a few. Additional research has found that the same fatty acids alter certain compounds that help reduce blood pressure, blood clotting and inflammation.

Omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked to decreasing cholesterol levels, asthma and arthritis. Finally, you’ve always heard that fish was “brain food” and now you know it’s true. The omega-3’s found in wild Alaskan salmon help improve brain function and decrease hostility, not to mention slows down cognitive decline in the elderly.

The amount of selenium found in wild Alaskan salmon helps reduce inflammation of the joints, which can provide great relief after an especially brutal workout.

Because most of the calories in wild Alaskan salmon come from protein, the body works hard to burn the protein. This is why one of the most significant health benefits of wild Alaskan salmon is fat burning.

Eat More Salmon

Eat wild Alaskan salmon to at least 1 of your meals to start to maximize the health benefits of wild Alaskan salmon.

  • Add smoked salmon to greens, nuts and fruits for a hearty salad.
  • Season salmon with lemon, garlic, dill and cracked black pepper and broil. Serve with vegetables.
  • Season salmon with lime juice, garlic and thinly sliced shallots and bake. Flake with fork for healthy salmon tacos.

Many of the health benefits of wild Alaskan salmon are received by at least one serving per week.

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