Health and the environment: 3 benefits of Alaska seafood

From salmon to shellfish and whitefish such as halibut, cod, and pollock, Alaska seafood benefits more than just your health!

Health and the environment: seemingly unrelated, but intertwined more closely than you think — especially as more people make the move towards eating healthier and becoming environmental stewards¹. Eating healthier often involves swapping out red meat for high-quality protein alternatives, and sustainable, wild-caught seafood from Alaska meets the sweet spot!

From the environment to your health, read on to learn more about the 3 benefits of Alaska seafood!

Environment

When it comes to choosing your seafood, wild-caught is always the better option. Let’s kick off this list with the environmental benefits of such Alaska seafood!

1. Contributes to the natural circle of life

Along Alaska’s 34,000 miles of pristine coastline, the relatively untouched waters are teeming with a wide variety of delicious seafood. Imagine an enormous Alaska King Crab or salmon being able to swim freely and mature at their own pace!

Unlike farm-raised seafood, such wild-caught Alaska seafood is natural. During their annual migrations in the cold North Pacific, they feed on a diverse range of marine organisms and get more exercise from simply living in the wild.

This is all before they’re finally harvested the way nature intended², resulting in flesh that’s leaner and less fatty, with an improved vibrancy and colour. It’s also richer in flavour³! Harvesting these seafood responsibly makes them a valuable resource that contributes to the natural circle of life.

2. Supports a vibrant local economy

When you purchase wild-caught Alaska seafood at FairPrice, you’re also supporting an economy beyond our sunny island. Commercial fishing is a staple way of life for many Alaska communities and even families. These families are passionate believers in sustainability, and hand down practices from generation to generation that adhere to strict conservation guidelines⁴. This ensures that they continue to provide this valuable source of protein and nutrients to the world without compromising the surrounding ecosystem.

Talk about being able to continue enjoying delicious Alaska seafood for generations to come!

Health

3. Builds and maintains lean body mass

Whitefish such as cod⁵ and pollock is a very popular type of seafood, prized for its light flavour and exceptional nutritional properties.

Unlike wild salmon sockeye, cod and pollock have a significantly lower fat content—but boasts the same extremely high levels of protein. In fact, pollock has all of the nine amino acids the body can’t produce by itself⁶. It’s considered to be the perfect source of lean protein if you’re on a diet, looking to maintain your weight, or training for a certain event or body type⁷. It’s truly a complete protein of the highest quality!

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No fishy business here—we hope you’ve been convinced about the benefits of including wild-caught Alaska seafood in your diet!

When consumed in moderation, wild-caught Alaska seafood is definitely a more sustainable, healthier seafood option for you and your loved ones.

References:

¹ Grocery Dive 2020, Health and sustainability: how a diet of Alaska seafood and plants benefits health, the environment—and retailers, viewed 17 November 2022
² AlaskaWild Seafoods, Healthy food, healthy body, viewed 17 November 2022
³ Mmmm! 2022, Wild caught vs farm-raised seafood, Water Tiger Trading Pte. Ltd, viewed 12 December 2022
⁴ Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute 2022, The heart and soul of Alaska’s seafood industry, viewed 17 November 2022
⁵ Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute 2022, Cod, viewed 17 November 2022
⁶ Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute 2022, Alaska pollock, viewed 17 November 2022
⁷ Global Seafoods North America 2018, Top 10 white fish benefits, viewed 17 November 2022

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