Is it safe to eat farmed fish?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the question, “is it safe to eat farmed fish?”. As well, we will discuss what is farmed fish, what are the nutrients of fish, what are the health benefits of eating fish, and other concerns about farmed fish. 

Is it safe to eat farmed fish?

Yes, it is safe to eat farmed fish. Farmed fish have low levels of contaminants in the flesh and this practice is sustainable as it keeps the natural environment of the fish safe. The nutrients present in farmed fish can be higher than the wild fish. 

Farmed fish are cultivated in a specific and controlled environment. An example of farmed fish is the salmon and according to the Washington State Department of Health, the farmed salmon are fed with oilseeds grains and have equal or more omega-3 fatty acids than wild salmon.     

What do I need to know when buying fish?

To reduce the chance of foodborne illness or popularly known as “food poisoning” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested following the list of tips below. 

  • Just choose fish that is refrigerated or exhibited on a wide bed of fresh ice;
  • The fish can never smell ammonia or sour;
  • The smell coming from the fish needs to be mild and fresh;
  • The fish need to have red gills;
  • The entire flesh of the fish needs to be firm, and when pressed should spring back;
  • If you choose fish filets, they need to exhibit no discoloration, blackness, or dry edges.  

What do I need to know if I will buy frozen fish?

When you are going to buy frozen fish, you need to pay attention if the package is not damaged or kneaded. Take care of signs of crystals or frost ice, which indicates the fish were defrosted and refrozen.

How can I defrost frozen fish?

To defrost frozen fish properly, you just need to keep them in the refrigerator, then they will defrost at a safe temperature. It is not recommended to defrost frozen fish at room temperature. 

How can I store fish? 

If the fish will be consumed within 2 days after being bought, you can keep it in a clean refrigerator (40°F or below). If you know that you are not using the fish, it’s better to freeze it as soon as possible. To know more safety tips about it, click here

What are the nutrients of fish?

The fish contains a low-fat value source of high-quality protein. Serve as the font of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (D and B2-riboflavin), and minerals, mainly calcium and phosphorus, but also contain iron, iodine, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. 

What are the health benefits of fish?

The omega-3 fatty acids can be found just in fish, this nutrient is not produced by our organism. Below are some other health benefits of this nutrient. 

  • Nutrients of fish can assist in lowering blood pressure and decreasing the chance of stroke or heart attack, but also helps to maintain the brain healthy;
  • Can lower the chance of ADHD, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes;
  • Can avoid inflammation and lower the chance of arthritis; 
  • Help the infant grow vision and nerves as the fetus is developing inside the mother.  

Are there side effects of eating fish?

Certain people have sensitivity and intolerance for the protein of fish, which can result in symptoms of allergies. If you are sensitive to the protein of fish, it’s not recommended to eat it. If you experience some allergic symptoms after eating fish, call Poison Control.

What is a recipe for fresh fish?

As fish are consumed worldwide, you can find many recipes on the internet. If you click here, you can check a complete recipe for fish with lemon and butter. 

What is a recipe for frozen fish?

If you have frozen fish, you also will have many options of recipes on the internet, as fish are consumed worldwide. If you click here, you will check a recipe for baked cod, but this recipe can also work for other species of fish.     

What is a recipe for fried fish?

You can make fried fish with many species of fish, mainly species that have a few fishbones. If you click here, you can check a complete recipe for crispy pan fried fish. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have discussed the question, “is it safe to eat farmed fish?”. As well, we have discussed what is farmed fish, what are the nutrients of fish, what are the health benefits of eating fish, and other concerns about farmed fish.  

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish Accessed: 05/09/2022

https://www.fao.org/3/cb5575en/cb5575en.pdf Accessed: 05/09/2022

https://doh.wa.gov/community-and-environment/food/fish/health-benefits Accessed: 05/09/2022

https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/selecting-and-serving-fresh-and-frozen-seafood-safely Accessed: 05/09/2022

https://www.globalseafood.org/blog/is-farmed-seafood-safe-to-eat/ Accessed: 05/09/2022

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