Salmon is a very popular fish that is often eaten as a healthy meal. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. Salmon can be canned or fresh. Canned salmon is convenient to have at home, and it is often less expensive than fresh salmon.
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Canned salmon has been preserved in brine or water and may have some added preservatives. Canned salmon can be eaten as a snack and used in salads, sandwiches, casseroles, and other dishes.
Canned salmon contains high levels of sodium and fat if it has been prepared with added ingredients like oil or sauce.
However, if you are watching your salt intake, you can purchase canned salmon without these additives for a healthier choice.
Benefits Of Canned Salmon For Cholesterol
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to lower cholesterol levels. Heart-healthy fatty acids have decreased triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Canned salmon can also help improve memory and cognitive function in adults over the age of 65. It is high in vitamin D, which helps prevent osteoporosis by increasing calcium absorption in the body.
Canned salmon is also rich in vitamin B12 and selenium, both of which are essential for brain function and preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Canned salmon contains high amounts of potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure by helping maintain healthy blood volume levels within the body.
Canned salmon contains high amounts of vitamin B6, which helps convert homocysteine into methionine — an essential amino acid that helps prevent heart disease when consumed daily.
Canned salmon also contains phosphorus, which helps form strong bones by keeping calcium in your bones instead of sending it out through urine as waste fluid; this process helps keep bones strong enough to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life span.
Different Types Of Salmon To Eat
When it comes to canned salmon, there are four main types:
1. Pink Salmon
This salmon is caught wild in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. It has a mild flavor and is best used in recipes that cook the fish in a sauce or marinade.
Pink Salmon is especially good when combined with vegetables, like this recipe for Grilled Rainbow Salmon Sliders.
2. Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye is one of two species of wild salmon that are typically canned. It’s named after the red-orange color of its flesh, which is visible in its skin and fat layer (the “red” part).
Sockeye salmon has a rich flavor that stands up well to bold spices, such as curry and ginger. It’s also great served simply with lemon juice and olive oil or other simple sauces like our Brown Butter Sauce for Grilled Salmon.
3. Atlantic Salmon
The Atlantic species of salmon is farmed in freshwater tanks rather than the ocean and thus has a milder flavor than its wild counterparts.
Atlantic salmon is raised on feed pellets made from grain mixed with fish oil until it reaches market size (about 15 pounds). After harvesting from the tanks, it is flash-frozen and shipped to grocery stores nationwide.
The most common variety of Atlantic salmon is farmed in Norway, where it’s known as laks or loach. It’s available fresh or frozen year-round, but it’s at its peak from October through April.
4. Coho Salmon (also called Silver Salmon)
Coho salmon are wild Pacific salmon typically smaller than their Atlantic counterparts and have a more delicate flavor (though they have some fat).
Because they spend their lives migrating between freshwater rivers and the open ocean, coho tends to be much healthier than farmed salmon because they aren’t given antibiotics or other chemicals used in aquaculture facilities.
How to Include Canned Salmon in Your Diet?
Here are some ideas for incorporating canned salmon into your diet:
Add it to salads: Add canned salmon chunks or slices to your salad for an extra dose of nutrients. You can also use canned wild Alaskan salmon for even more omega-3s and less sodium than other types of canned salmon.
Make a dip: Chop up some fresh dill, garlic, and cucumber and mix them together with plain Greek yogurt or sour cream in a food processor until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, then stir in some canned salmon chunks or slices for an easy appetizer dip or spread!
Serve with crackers: Spread cream cheese on crackers or toast points before topping with chopped vegetables like celery or carrots and some canned salmon slices or chunks (or both!).