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I know that Dave recommends Sockeye salmon as the go-to salmon, so I wanted to look into what made him select it for his BP diet list. From what I've read, the 5-species of wild Alaskan salmon are the healthiest to eat. King salmon being the fattiest, being higher in Omega-3's than Sockeye. The only reason I could see to eat Sockeye over King, is that King is fattier, and the fat is where most of the toxins are stored. However, most resources state that we really shouldn't have to worry too much about the toxins in wild Alaskan fish. Anyone else read much on this? Because, a few other sources state that even though wild Alaskan fish are lower in toxins, that they shouldn't be eaten more than 4 or 5 times a month. Thoughts?


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Good point. Sounds like the King is a better option. With that being said if you are at a point in your BP life that you are looking a which kind of wild Alaskan Salmon is the best...you are doing quite well.

At my local grocery I dont have that many options, If I can get wild caught I get it regardless of the type of fish. Thought process being that wild is better than farm regardless of the fish.

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Quick question salmon related (albeit canned). What's the difference, if any between Pink and Red salmon?

 

Can't always get the good stuff, so using canned salmon, sardines and mackerel. Choice is Red or Pink salmon. Not sure in the difference,  BP related.


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Quick question salmon related (albeit canned). What's the difference, if any between Pink and Red salmon?

Can't always get the good stuff, so using canned salmon, sardines and mackerel. Choice is Red or Pink salmon. Not sure in the difference, BP related.



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Quick question salmon related (albeit canned). What's the difference, if any between Pink and Red salmon?

 

Can't always get the good stuff, so using canned salmon, sardines and mackerel. Choice is Red or Pink salmon. Not sure in the difference,  BP related.

 

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Here's a good graphic showing the difference between salmon-types. If you click on each fish, it will give you a breakdown of fat and protein content, as well. As far as the difference with using canned-salmon, I would check to see what the fish is packed with, as far as preservatives and additives goes. If you have a can handy, post the ingredients.


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Isn't it likely that the omega fats in canned fish are oxidized. I don't have any studies to support this... just my intuition.

 

I eat frozen wild sockeye salmon by orca bay seafoods. Considering that I eat 1lb/wk, I do hope it is the best seafood out there. If anyone has an argument for swapping in some canned sardines or shellfish (shrimp maybe?) I'd be interested.


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As for the difference between Pinks and about all other salmons: For those living in Alaska pink salmon or pinks are also known as dog salmon.  As they are considered fit only for dogs.  They are also known as humpies as they have a rather distinctive hump.  This hump makes them fairly ugly compared to the other salmon.  They are also known as chum salmon.



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It seems to me that pinks are the worst salmon.  According to this chart they are the lowest for omega 3s and fat: http://seafoodhealth...ices/salmon.php

But, even the worst are still pretty damn good.  Those throwing pinks to the dogs are snagging fish after fish when the salmon run and can afford to be picky.  Yes, I say snag not catch as when the salmon are running they eat nothing and they are basically just biting at lures that piss them off.  It's hardly sporting and I went to a salmon run "fishing" only once(in Skagway Alaska).  The fish are in a sorry state by the time they get there.



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think I prefer to think I'm eating pink rather than humpback ;-)

 

I'll choose Red over Pink when I can. Don't eat it too often, just a change up from sardines and mackerel.

 

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KING is hands down my favorite. I actually HATE Sockeye, its just too lean and boring for me. King salmon is so easy to prepare cause it doesn't need a sauce. Of course, it's the most harsh on your wallet, but my taste buds are DIVAS! 



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As for the difference between Pinks and about all other salmons: For those living in Alaska pink salmon or pinks are also known as dog salmon.  As they are considered fit only for dogs.  They are also known as humpies as they have a rather distinctive hump.  This hump makes them fairly ugly compared to the other salmon.  They are also known as chum salmon.

 

Actually pink salmon (humpies)  are quite different from dog salmon (chum). Chum are typically bigger and they do not have the hump. They are both very ugly and are also both very cheap types of salmon. This knowledge comes from my work as a deckhand on a fishing tender in Alaska.



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I imagine Dave chose Sockeye because he can get it fresh on his doorstep (british Columbia) and it also has a shorter lifecycle (i.e less mercury) than the other salmon.

 

I'm in the UK and am always seeing the option of buying wild Scottish salmon. Albeit being pink, what kind of research could I do to distinguish how BP it would be?

At the moment my options are 1) 'fresh' wild sockeye salmon (expensive) 2) BPA-free canned wild red salmon or 3) fresh wild Scottish salmon (pink)

 

I'm also curious if anyone knows how bad the canned stuff is in comparison to fresh pink/red? Canned comes as a steak with the backbone and everything and the bones just melt in your mouth - I have no idea how it has been prepared but it can't be good if I can eat the bones without even noticing them?!







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