Choose Wild Caught Fish
Shared by Dr. Bryan Stephens
I love seafood. I know many people out there don’t agree with this line (including my wife), but a good piece of fish is on par with a good steak for me. There, I said it. I know it sounds like blasphemy in Texas, but I was introduced to Red Lobster at a young age and have been hooked since. As I have gotten older, I have learned more about different types of fish and how they are caught. And while I am by no means an expert, or even a good, fisherman, I have learned that some fish are better than others. This is especially true when it comes to wild caught fish when compared to farm raised fish.
When we look at farm raised fish, they are fed grain and other things that are not part of a fish’s normal diet. While it may keep a fish alive long enough to grow and be farmed for meat, it doesn’t make it healthy. Farm raised fish have been found to be higher in PCBs, dioxins, mercury and other toxic chemicals. I haven’t even started in on the Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 ratios present in wild caught and farm raised fish. Our diet should contain these in a 1:1 ratio. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has made the ratio closer to 1:16. This is heavily weighted in favor of Omega-6. This is important because it also causes our body to produce more inflammation. As you’ve probably read, chronic inflammation is at the root of pain, heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. The great part about wild caught, cold water, fatty fish is that they contain 11:1 Omega-3s vs. Omega-6s. It is a great starting point in reversing the inflammation caused by the SAD.
All this to say that as my taste buds have grown, so has my knowledge on how I can keep healthy and still enjoy foods that I like. I encourage you to do your own research into what can help fuel your body and taste good at the same time. I’ll leave one of my go-to fish recipes below, but feel free to experiment with other spices to change the flavor.
Ahi Tuna salad
Wild caught Ahi Tuna
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper and rub it on the Ahi tuna steaks. Heat an iron pan on the stove and sear the steaks for 45 seconds on each side. Move the steaks to a baking sheet and put in the oven for 6 minutes. Once done, slice and serve atop a bed of organic spinach. Bon Appetit!
At our Chiropractic Care center in Dallas, located near the corner of Mockingbird Ln. and Abrams Rd., we aim to give the best care and educate our patients on how to get healthier and stay out of pain. Our Doctors will teach you what the research says about how and why we should eat a better diet, move more and have more positive thoughts. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of cancer and other diseases! And remember, Choose Wild Caught Fish to stay healthy!