Is farm raised seafood better than wild seafood?

ask our dietitian your question todayFresh fish or farm raised fish


Is farm raised seafood better than wild seafood? – Carol H. 


Ecology aside, I’ll assume you mean “better” for your health. It really depends on the variety of seafood and conditions they are raised in. Some wild fish are richer in omega-3 fatty acids and all are free of antibiotics. Larger wild species such as tuna may contain more mercury than their farmed counterparts, though other wild species (such as salmon) are lower in contaminants. For shellfish, the farmed versions are just as nutritious as the wild and are considered sustainable.

Debbie J., MS, RD

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Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

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