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Health Benefits

Salmon is a healthy, savory, versatile and exotic fine dining experience. In fact, wild salmon are acclaimed as one of the world’s healthiest foods. In addition to being a delicious, fine source of high quality protein, low in calories and carbohydrate free, salmon has incredible cardiovascular benefits. Salmon is packed with heart-healthy essential omega-3 fatty acids. While the human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids on its own, they are vital to the human body providing benefits such as preventing irregular heart rhythm, minimizing the risk of blood clots in arteries, improving blood flow, lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Furthermore, Salmon promotes cardiovascular health through its sources of the B-vitamin niacin.

Moreover, their omega-3 fatty acid content has won cold-water fatty fish like salmon the nickname “brain food”. The human brain is 60% structural fat that for proper function must be primarily omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are responsible for fortifying each cell with an adaptable and supple membrane to welcome nutrients into and eliminate waste from the cell.

What’s more, recent studies indicate that eating salmon may help protect against a variety of cancers due to its omega-3 fatty acids and selenium content. (Selenium is a crucial element of several key metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems and immune function.)

As if all these benefits were not enough, salmon is also packed with many crucial vitamins such as A, D, B6, B12, niacin and riboflavin and its lack of connective tissue make it an ideal food for children and mature adults to digest.

Nutritional Values For Alaska Salmon *

Per 3oz cooked edible portion

 

Chinook
(King)

Sockeye
(Red)

Coho
(Silver)

Pink
(Humpy)

Chum
(Keta)

Calories

200

190

165

130

135

Protein (g)

22

24

24

22

23

Fat (g)

11.5

9.5

7

4

4

Carbohydrate (g)

0

0

0

0

0

Sodium (mg)

55

55

55

75

55

Cholesterol (mg)

75

70

45

60

85

* Provided by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

To learn more about the nutritional benefits of Alaskan Seafood, please visit: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute - Health & Nutrition