We’re wasting no time; the “Summer Of The Superfood” continues with our selection #4: SALMON!
To understand the nutritional significance, we need to go a bit more in-depth than usual; but we promise, everything we say in this article will only make you better aware of how awesome salmon really is for achieving your best health! Not too long ago, people came to believe that fat was a horrible, murderous monster, and that the ideal healthy diet was completely absent of fat; we’ll call it, “the era of fat-free”. You know what we’re talking about… Salad dressings, cakes, casseroles, soups, even FRUIT JUICES proudly marketed themselves as being “fat-free”. Basically, we all needed an education in dietary fat and, bit by bit, we got one. In a nutshell, we learned that we derive four basic types of fat from food: saturated fat, trans-fat (partially hydrogenated oils), monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat. The news on saturated fat hasn’t changed a bit: saturated fat—which is found primarily in red meat, full-fat dairy products, and some tropical oils—has well-established negative health effects, such as increasing your risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and obesity. Trans-fats— which are listed on food labels as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil”—are also bad, probably even worse than saturated fat. Trans-fats were created by chemists seeking a fat that would store better than animal fats. (Avoid these whenever humanly possible!)
Now, let’s switch gears and remember that there are also GOOD fats. The good guys in the fat family are the monounsaturated fats—the kinds found in olive and canola oils. These fats not only protect your cardiovascular system, they also lower the risk of “insulin resistance”, which is a physiologic state that can lead to diabetes & possibly cancer. And to round it off, we come to polyunsaturated fatty acids. Both omega-6 & omega-3, are the so-called essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (EFA’s). Our bodies can’t manufacture these two fats, and therefore we have to rely on getting them from our diet to avoid being deficient in these fats that are essential for life. Omega-6 fatty acids are currently overabundant in the typical Western diet; we get them from corn, safflower, cottonseed, and sunflower oils.
Did you know… Salmon live in both freshwater & saltwater regions? Truly a highly adaptive, exceptional fish!
Unfortunately, many of us are currently DEFICIENT in the omega-3 class of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids—the ones that help make salmon a superfood—haven’t been included in adequate amounts of our diet, partly because we’ve lacked knowledge, and also because they’ve been “processed out” of our modern diet. That’s why this superfood is so special, and is included in our “Top 10”, because salmon is one of the richest, tastiest, readily available sources of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids! Period. Tasty25 recommends including wild salmon in your diet 2-4 times a week, to achieve optimal protection against a multitude of diseases that have been associated with low intakes of these critical fats. Do this, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff
Wanna know a few ways to incorporate salmon into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain salmon: