Better farmed salmon means even better health benefits

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In today’s health-conscious world, we all know what to do to improve our health. Take regular exercise and eat good food.

Salmon is a popular choice for people who eat healthily because the benefits are well known. Salmon is high in protein and one of the best sources of Omega-3.

One or two portions of salmon a week can optimise your body’s supply of essential fats, rich in EPA and DHA. Scientists believe the benefits of consuming EPA and DHA may include lower risk of heart disease and several cancers, as well as lower risk of Alzheimer’s, asthma, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Unlike most other fats, Omega-3 fats are considered essential – meaning you must get them from your diet because your body can’t create them.

In order to maximise the benefits from eating salmon, it makes sense to choose a high quality product, and at Loch Duart, we work hard to make sure our fish provide the optimum levels of Omega-3 for consumers.

In October last year it was reported that levels of Omega-3 in farmed salmon have halved over the last five years. We wrote a blog about it at the time stating that our Omega-3 levels were still high.

Why is this? At Loch Duart our policy is high inclusion of high grade, sustainable marine ingredients in the feed for our salmon and, as a result, our fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

We feed our salmon a diet which is as close as possible to what wild salmon eat. In the wild, salmon eat small fish as well as krill, squid and shrimp. With sustainability at the heart of our business, our challenge is to reproduce this diet without putting extra pressure on the sea’s resources.

Through a partnership with an Icelandic fishing company, we have sourced a by-product of their capelin fishery for our salmon feed. This ingredient is certified to the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation Responsible Supply Standard and in April 2017 was Marine Stewardship Council certified as well.

Our feed policy, combined with low-density rearing, fallowing and other environmentally friendly practices, delivers extraordinary tasting salmon, with great health benefits.

This is why Loch Duart salmon appears on the menu in top restaurants across the world. We don’t supply fish directly to consumers, but we always work with them in mind.