There’s no doubt that Alaska’s salmon is considered by many to be some of the best in the world; it's prized by high-end restaurants for its rich and delicious taste.
But did you know that salmon can also provide a full-body health benefit? It’s just another reason why we should go fishing this season.
“Salmon is one of our best, most fruitful natural resources that we have in Alaska,” said nurse practitioner Margaret Johnson.
There’s no better time to start eating salmon than right now because it’s salmon season in Alaska and everywhere you turn you’ll hear health professionals touting this “fatty fish.”
“Salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids--it’s a good source of fat that most all of us have heard about,” Johnson said.
Doctors say omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a long list of benefits. Studies show omega-3 can lower the risk of heart disease.
And it doesn’t stop there. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help with Alzheimer’s disease, eczema and asthma, not to mention it has been found to be critical in the healthy formation of the brain and eyes.
Consuming fatty fish, like salmon, provides an excellent source of high-quality protein while also being low in saturated fat and cholesterol. One serving of salmon contains more vitamin D than a glass of whole milk.
“Many Alaskans are deficient in Vitamin D because our winters are long, but our summer sunshine, when we have it, it’s great,” Johnson said.
So if you’re in Alaska and salmon is on your plate, you’re in for a fresh healthy meal.
“That’s assuming if you cook your salmon without adding a lot of salt, without frying it and if you fry you should use olive oil and there are so many spices you can use and good ways you can grill salmon,” Johnson suggests.
Many Alaskans have their own unique ways of preparing fish, but if you’re looking for an easy, yet delicious suggestion for preparation, ask Johnson who says less can be more.
“I prefer grilling it myself, especially on a sunny day. I just like some lemon and pepper and white wine and put it fresh on the grill,” said Johnson.
A so-called fatty fish, salmon makes for a slim, healthy lifestyle.