Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I ATE the whole thing ....

I am going on the record by saying that I do not care for fish in general ... it's too darn fishy tasting for my liking. Now if you fried it and threw in some Hush Puppies ... No, I just have never cared for fish. At the same time, I know how good the Omega-3 fatty acids are for us. Being overweight, having a high cholesterol level (under control with medication that may now being affecting my liver functions) having had both parents die due to heart attacks and/or strokes ... the point being I NEED those little ole Omega-3's.

For the past several years, The Duck and I have been eating fish, usually salmon on Tuesdays. The smelly garbage is picked up on Wednesdays. My daughter has been telling me that I shouldn't buy the farm raised salmon ... "but, I think it tastes less 'fishy' than the 'wild' salmon." Soooo ... I start the 30 Day Throw Down and I decide to 'go to the wild side.' I bought a Wild Fresh Alaskan Coho Salmon for dinner tonight. I choked only slightly over the price per pound, but I bought it. The Duck scored it, drizzled olive oil over the fillet and 'baked' it outside on the grill. (NO FISH SMELL!) I had stir-fired several different peppers, zucchini and sweet onions to accompany our green salad ... and our salmon.

Now the Duck is a sweetheart ... he will eat anything I put before him and he LOVES salmon ... only peanut butter ranks over the fish. I asked for a itty, bitty, piece of salmon "I'm not going to like it, it's going to taste WILD ... look it even looks different." I had forgotten the lemon wedges (and Tartar Sauce) to cover it up with, when I took my first bite. It DID taste different ... it tasted better than any salmon I have ever eaten. I even asked for more ... and ate the whole thing!

What the Experts Say about the Health Benefits of Wild Alaskan Salmon

Researchers at Harvard found that people who eat one to two servings of fish per week -- especially varieties higher in fatty oils, such as wild salmon -- may reduce their risk of death from heart attacks by 36 percent and the rate of death in general by 17 percent.
According to the American Heart Association research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Omega 3's also slightly lower blood pressure.
The American Heart Association reports that omega-3 fatty acids help prevent plaque buildup in arteries and also drive down triclycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
What's the deal with farmed fish that I keep hearing about?
While farmed fish contain high concentrations of Omega Fatty Acids, it comes at a price:
  • Thousands of salmon are kept in pens with netting, their waste contaminates their environment and surrounding waters

  • The orange color you see in markets is the result of added dye, otherwise farmed fish would be grey (yummy!)

  • Farmed salmon may be up to ten times higher in PCBs than a wild one, due to contaminates in their feed

  • These fish are administered antibiotics as the risk of disease in pens is very high.


Linda said...

That is fantastic! I am really proud of you.

Bz said...

Salmon reminds me of your dad. I'm sure he's smiling at your liking- that's good, am glad you have 'discovered a good new food at your age ...being old as dirt and all.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Not a fish lover either, but I do on occasion fix it. The hubs struggles with a cholesterol (family history so it's difficult to control) but grilled is good.

Glad you enjoyed it!!


Robynn's Ravings said...

Well, BZ and I hate to say "I told you so," but, uh.....not that much. lol

Thanks for posting (and RESEARCHIG! good for you!) the info on farmed salmon. Eye opening, isn't it? REAL food tastes good. And, BTW, if your house smells fishy when you are cooking fish, the fish isn't fresh. Take it back and request a fresh one. It isn't cheap and should be very tasty and NOT strong smelling. Do you have a Trader Joe's in your area? They sell wild caught salmon - already frozen - for a fair price.

I'm so glad you're doing this with me!!!!!!! Thank you for your kind and supportive words and for not being a weenie and saying things like, "I TOLD you so!" lol