If you eat fish on the regular, there’s a high likelihood salmon is a favorite. In fact, the popularity of salmon is only surpassed by canned tuna and shrimp. But are the salmon you’re eating farmed or wild — and does it even matter? You bet it does, but maybe not the way you thought.
Salmon is salmon, no matter where it comes from… right? Not exactly.
According to Heathline, there are some pretty staggering differences in the nutritional content of farm-raised and wild salmon. That’s because they grow up eating entirely different things. While wild salmon eats mostly, well, wild things, like small invertebrates, farmed salmon is fed a diet of processed fish food that can vary by producer.
There’s a lot of variation here depending on how much you’re eating and how it’s prepared, but here are some guidelines based on half of a fillet. While that half of a fillet of wild salmon comes with only 281 calories, that jumps to around 412 calories when you’re talking about the farm-raised stuff. How about fat? Wild salmon has around 13 grams of fat, while the farm-raised kind comes with a whopping 27 grams. That’s a huge leap!