6 Amazing Reasons to Love Canned Wild Alaska Red Sockeye Salmon
My hope is to enlighten you about some of the positive reasons you should
enjoy canned wild Alaskan red sockeye salmon. Why make a big deal about
this? Because the taste is amazing and I just spent a lot of time to give
you all this fantastic information. 🙂
Well, I am here to erase that myth and prove that canned wild Alaska red sockeye is a top-notch product that can be trusted in more ways than one!
Did you know that Alaska leads the country in harvesting wild caught red sockeye salmon? The beautiful pristine waters make it possible for naturally, healthy salmon to be sustainable.
- Canned sockeye is 100% pure
- No fortified ingredients
- Sockeye is not farm raised
- No antibiotics
Right now, you are perhaps wondering what does salmon and sustainable have to do with one another? Let us look at the definition of ‘sustainable’ in this subject.
- Sustainable means, to not be harmful to the environment or deplete natural resources
- The environment I am talking about is our ‘marine life’ and what I mean by depleting natural resources, I am speaking in reference to fish species and supporting long-term ecological balance
- Wild sockeye has the best eco-rating
More importantly, let me help you understand the process that makes this possible.
- The Marine Stewardship Council, (MSC) is an independent non-profit global organization, who set strict standards and regulations for sustainable fishing
- Harvest and hatchery operations must manage and regulate the practices of environmental standards and procedures
- MSC grants a fishery with a label ‘Certified’ when they have met the obligation of biological and ecological practices
- When fisheries are well-managed, they are also less likely to have any problems with contamination. That is a huge relief for everyone!
The importance for a fishery to be labeled certified also tells you, the consumer that the species of fish you buy and eat is indeed safe.
- No over-fishing or exploiting of resources
- Fish species have not diminished or become extinct
MSC, scientists, seafood companies and conservation groups have all become ocean caretakers. They make sure that marine life is not endangered or threatened.
- Assurance that fish populations are healthy and stay for the future
- All Alaska fisheries are ‘Certified’ Sustainable
- This promotes the best environmental choice in seafood
I cannot very well talk about salmon, without mention of the abundant levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Canned wild Alaska sockeye has all the nutrition of a fresh salmon fillet.
- Omega-3 is an essential nutrient that our bodies need to function properly
- These fatty acids aid in lowering blood pressure
- Reduces blood vessels from clotting
- Improves blood cholesterol
- Eliminates the possibility of coronary heart disease and stroke
Fatty acids help to decrease triglycerides. Triglycerides are the main component of body fat in humans, animals, and vegetable fat.
- Triglycerides provide us with energy
- Polyunsaturated fat helps build brain cell
- Aids in memory deficiencies
One fact is fish (salmon) is great brain food, but I must concede that we should eat it in moderation. Oh, by the way, don’t bother removing too much of the skin from your canned salmon; it is healthy for you!
- 1.94g of polyunsaturated fat (good fat) in 3 ounces of canned red
- 1.74g in 3 ounces of canned pink salmon
The majority of sockeye feed on plankton, krill, and other tiny shellfish. These organisms create carotenoids and astaxanthins; pigments found mostly in pacific salmon.
- Astaxanthins and carotenoids create the beautiful orange/red flesh color
- Protect our cells from the damages of free radicals/toxins
- Boost our immune system
- Supports skin and eye health
- Carotenoids provide numerous benefits in the area of cancer and eye disease
We can experience a multitude of health benefits from eating canned red sockeye salmon so, what are you waiting on. The can is not knocking at your front door, you have to go to the supermarket!
Canned salmon is rich in calcium
Calcium is an essential mineral and without it, our bones and teeth would not have stability or structure.
- Calcium can help eradicate osteoporosis
- The tiny edible bones found in canned salmon are loaded with calcium
Canned salmon packed with protein/amino acids
Because wild red sockeye salmon is an oily fish, it provides us with a healthy source of protein. Protein plays a vital role in our biological make-up and amino acids are the building block of this bioprocess.
- Proteins/amino acids make our bodies function properly, supplying structure to every cell
- Our bodies naturally produce some amino acids
- We get essential amino acids from our diet
- Amino acids work in union with muscle mass, tendons, skin tissue and vital organs
The Institute of Medicine recommends a minimum of 8g of protein for every 20 pounds of body fat.
- In a 3.5oz serving of red sockeye salmon, there are 27g of protein
Magnesium in Canned salmon
Magnesium is a crucial mineral for all living cells. This mineral regulates our body temperature. Through biochemical processes, magnesium supports cardio rhythm, nerve function as well as supporting bones and teeth.
- Regarding muscle function, magnesium aids in reducing muscle spasms
- Reduces the risk of constipation and indigestion
- Magnesium is absorbed through our small intestines
- 3.5 ounces of canned salmon gives you 29 milligrams of magnesium
Canned salmon and potassium
Another indispensable mineral is potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte, which conducts the electricity in our bodies.
- Helps the body maintain normal fluid balance
- Responsible for controlling heartbeat and blood pressure
- Makes muscles function correctly
- Promotes bone health
- Electrolytes stimulate kidneys to discard waste matter
Without a sufficient amount of potassium, our nervous system will malfunction.
- Causing major problems to cell structure
- Muscle tissue and vital organs
It is very important that we eat food that contains potassium daily. A 3oz serving of canned wild sockeye supplies 347mg.
Red Sockeye salmon is flash frozen at its peak of perfection. Strict guidelines and specifications ensure that consumers receive the best quality product.
- Blasted with external cold air 60 below zero or colder
- Flash frozen guarantees nutrition, texture, moisture and flavor
- Retaining freshness is a key component
Some canned salmon undergo heat processing, cans are vented for less than 20 minutes at 225° F. Then, undergo another process at 245° F. for 45 minutes depending on the size of the can.
- Heat process helps eliminate the possibility of botulism
- Alaska red sockeye is fully cooked
- Has a long shelf life; six to nine years
- All wild Alaska red sockeye salmon come from well-managed fisheries
Conclusion: Use wisdom
Remember to take responsibility when buying food items. My slogan is “let the buyer beware”. Check labels on all canned goods. When spending your hard-earned dollars, use wisdom.
Make sure that the label on the can reads ‘Wild Alaska Red Sockeye Salmon’ and, not just salmon. Wild caught should be a part of the label otherwise, you could be buying farm-raised salmon.
Check the cans
In the event that a can does not show an expiration date; bring it to the attention of the clerk in the market. Hold the store accountable. Never buy cans that appear swollen, have dents, rust, leakage or a foul odor.
Skin and bones
For those of you that feel skin and bones are a hassle, buy the ‘boneless skinless’ wild Alaska red sockeye salmon. Then, be prepared to pay a little more.
Do keep in mind, the health benefits of eating skin and bones! Of course, it is strictly a matter of choice.
Depending on the brand you buy, the label of ingredients on the back or side of the can may read; ‘red Salmon, Salt’. If you are sodium restricted, not to worry:
- drain all the liquid and run a small amount of cold water over the salmon while it remains in the can
- drain the remaining water before preparing your dish
Get to know this label and remember to look for “Wild Alaska” or “Wild Caught”.
Wherever you purchase seafood and don’t see the MSC logo ask these questions:
- Where is the fish coming from?
- Is the fish farmed or wild caught?
- If MSC logo is not visible, ask why
Once again, I encourage you to ask questions. Prove, that you are a wise consumer and demand better food choices for you and your family. Change can only come about when we open our mouth and speak out.FYI: Farmed salmon has added antibiotics and contain more B6 than omega-3’s.
Until next time, remember to use wisdom! Chef Ann
References / resources:
Fortified: Wiki – Food fortification
Canned fish – wiki || Triglycerides: Why do they matter? – mayoclinic.org || Sustainable
Fishing – National Geographic || Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) – wiki || Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heart – mayoclinic.org