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Figuring out which type of fish is healthier to consume – farm raised or wild caught – has left many feeling insecure or skeptical about the choices they make when going to the fish counter to make a purchase.  The answer to this question isn’t straight forward, as it has many parts that contribute to which is actually the healthier choice.

Both farm-raised and wild-caught fish are low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fats (“good” fats), but many often believe that wild-caught fish is healthier than farm raised because it comes from a natural source.  In reality, there isn’t much of a difference in the nutritional content of farm-raised and wild-caught fish.

For example, both wild-caught and farm-raised trout are identical in number of calories, protein and most nutrients, however, there are minor differences between the two. Wild-caught trout has more calcium and iron, whereas farm-raised trout hasmore vitamin A and selenium.

Another main concern for those deciding between wild-caught and farm-raised fish is the high levels of mercury contained within certain fish.  The fish that pose the biggest concern for high levels of mercury are swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, shark and tuna – these are all wild caught. Catfish, tilapia and salmon, which are all common farm-raised fish, contain low levels of mercury.

Farm Raised Vs. Wild Caught: The Truth About Which Fish Is Healthiest was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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