Salmon, King of Sea Food
Dr. Weston Price’s worldwide research on traditional people groups revealed that those whose
diets were high in seafood had the most robust health. Fish eaters’ bones were more dense and
thick. He observed their entire skeletal structure to be stronger and better set.
Coronary heart disease is reduced with just one serving of fish per week. Wild caught ocean
fish, like salmon, are our best food sources of macro trace minerals, such as iodine and zinc.
Eating wild seafood has become more important with the depletion of many minerals from our
soil. Fatty fish, like salmon, also provides an abundance of our fat soluble vitamins A and D.
All wild caught fish are wonderful, but salmon is the king of all. It is our highest food
source of DMAE (dimethylethanolamine), the richest source being found in Red Sockeye
salmon. DMAE firms and lifts our skin and brings tone to our appearance. It is essential for
brain health and has been shown to be very effective in combating disorders like ADD and
lack of concentration.
The Mercury Question
Many people are worried about mercury from fish. This is only valid when eating fish caught
very near the shores of industrial areas or polluted fresh waters. Avoid fresh water fish if you
don’t know their source. Catfish, carp, and other scavengers are not healthy choices.
The problem with farm-raised fish is that they are fed a diet of pesticide laden soy pellets.
Their fatty acids are no longer healthy omega-3, which are crucial for brain, mood, and nerve
health, but the over consumed omega 6. Farm-raised salmon is often fed a dye to make its flesh
the lovely pink color that is truly only obtained in the wild. However, farm raised fish is prob-
ably better than no fish at all. It is still a good protein source, but we can’t call it a superfood.
Breathe easy about deep sea fish like salmon. Flounder and Sole from clean shore line
areas are also good choices. Mercury from these types of fish is not really an issue. Sally Fallon,
author of Nourishing Traditions says, “Small amounts of mercury occur naturally in these fish.
They contain substances that bind with mercury to rid it out of the body.”
You won’t find any mercury from industrial pollution in deep sea Alaskan salmon. It is
truly a pure superfood to be safely consumed by modern man. Try to eat salmon at least three
times a week. Serene eats it almost every day.
Pearl chats: I try to eat salmon a few days a week, and believe me, our budget is tight.
I take my fillet out of the freezer by mid-morning and have it defrosting in its packet
in a bowl of warm water while I continue to homeschool. By lunch time it is completely
defrosted and only takes a couple of minutes to sauté with some veggies or enjoy on
On special nights, I give the children a whole salmon fillet each, but mostly, I use
wild caught canned salmon and make Crabby Patties (Evening Meals, Chapter 21), as
this is cheaper to feed a whole family. They love these patties. O
Serene chats: The words “canned salmon” don’t sound very healthy. But, this is far
from the truth. Wild caught, canned salmon from Alaska contains both skin and bones.
Servings of salmon in this form give even higher amounts of calcium and other minerals.
Canned salmon is the perfect food for growing children and nursing mothers. My
family lives on curries and Thai soups with canned salmon as my preferred choice for
these recipes. We also love to eat Crabby Patties. Dining on salmon regularly does not
mean you have to be rich. Even large families can have their fill, and seconds too.
For lunch, I sometimes mimic what Pearl described, but more often, I whiz up gour-
met garden soups using salmon. These take about five minutes from start to finish.
Check out my quick soup recipes in Lunches, Chapter 20. Homemade fast food can be