There’s Artificial Dye in Farmed Salmon?

September 21, 2010

Have I told you how much I love Dr. Oz? ‘Cause I do. I LOVE me some Mehmet Oz. Part of the reason I love the Dr. Oz show so much, is he often uses visuals – real human organs, videos, experiments – to illustrate whatever he’s talking about. For those of us that didn’t go to medical school, we don’t otherwise get a chance to see the mechanics of the human body. I have learned a lot from his show. Some things I wish I didn’t know, (ignorance is bliss?), but that seems to be a trend of this journey. I have learned a LOT on this journey to live more consciously, and some of it I wish I didn’t know, because once you know things, you can never un-know them, and it makes it hard to continue doing things that you know harm you or the planet, once you’ve learned them. Make sense?

Today’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show was titled ‘Obesogens: The Chemicals You’re Eating That are Making You Fat’. Obesogens are chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. One of the chemicals he talked about is high fructose corn syrup. At this point, we all know about high fructose corn syrup, and that it is not as healthy as real sugar. Great. But then he talked about salmon. Now I personally love salmon. I hardly ever eat red meat. I typically stick to fish and poultry, and salmon is one of my main fishies. So I was bummed by what was discussed on his show today.

Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at UCSF Children’s Hospital, Dr. Robert Lustig, and Editor-at-Large of Men’s Health magazine, Steve Perrine, were the medical experts featured on the show. They said most of the salmon we get today is called Atlantic salmon, and is farmed. They also said that recent studies show that farmed salmon has more pesticides in it than wild salmon, and the more of these pesticides there are in your body, the greater your waist circumference and body mass index (BMI). So more pesticides = more fat. The other issue is that farmed salmon is actually white, because it doesn’t eat the krill, which eats the algae, which gives it that nice orangish-pink color, naturally. But they know that people wouldn’t buy white salmon, so they DYE it to make it that color. They feed the salmon food pellets that dye their flesh from the inside. So when we buy farmed salmon, or Atlantic salmon, we’re actually buying dyed white fish. Oink.

This freaked me out because a) I had NO CLUE most of the farmed salmon we get is dyed, and b) we’ve been told that farmed salmon is better (at least for the environment), because we’re not wiping out the supply of salmon in nature. I don’t like the idea that I’ve been eating a white fish, that is nutritionally lacking compared to wild salmon, and has been dyed to intentionally deceive me as a consumer, into thinking I’m getting something else. Especially since I am so careful about what I put in to my body, and I do take the time to read labels and ingredient lists. Things that contain artificial dyes are items that I typically steer clear of. I had no idea I needed to add farmed salmon to that list.

Here is the link from The Dr. Oz Show to the complete article on obesogens:


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