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Even A Fish Gets Fat Without Exercise

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On a trip to Alaska I saw salmon jumping repeatedly upstream, moving against the current and sometimes even swimming to higher elevations. What an amazing example of "exercise" in nature. Wild salmon is an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fats and vitamin D. It’s one of my favorite foods.

But their couch-potato counterparts, farm-raised salmon, never have to swim very far or exercise very much; and it has an effect on the salmon. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wild salmon contain only 10-15% fat by weight. Their "sedentary" farm-raised cousins are fatter “ 30-35% fat by weight. Wild salmon also contain 20% more protein than their farm-raised counterparts. Hmmm. Sounds like what we see at home. The ones that exercise have less fat and more "muscle."

So the next time you find yourself sitting on the couch watching salmon swim upstream on the Discovery Channel, turn it off, pick up your rod and reel and go for a walk on the beach or along a river. If you don’t like to fish, you can still take the walk, or go for a swim. You’ll stay trimmer and stronger, and may even catch dinner. To help you get going, I’ve created an audio CD with PBS host Suzanne Andrews called Exercise: Getting Started as part of my 6 CD Health Accelerator series.

A few more farm-raised facts to make you "go wild:"

  • Farm-raised salmon contain higher amounts of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats and lower amounts of the healthier omega-3 fats found in wild fish
  • Farm-raised salmon are given a salmon-colored dye in their food to cause their grey color to turn pinker
  • Farm-raised salmon are given antibiotics to prevent disease and have higher pesticide concentrations than wild salmon due to a higher level of pesticides in the sardines, anchovies and other fish ground up in their food.

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“It’s better to stay well than to get well!”  Mache Seibel, MD.

Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel is America’s health expert, addressing the critical needs of consumers from stress and weight control to menopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for almost 20 years and is a pioneer in many areas of women’s health and more. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. His professional experiences include:

– Host for PBS and NBC TV episodes, frequent media expert;

– Repeatedly voted into Best Doctors in America;

– Past Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause;

– Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s highest honor 2008;

– Multiple national awards for research, writing, music writing and patient education;

– Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-present;

– Director, Complicated Menopause Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-2011;

– Founder of HealthRock®, reshaping health education with health songs and entertainment;

– Past Medical Director, Inverness Medical Innovations (now Alere);

– Corporate Consultant and Corporate Health Expert Nationally and Internationally;

– Author/editor 14 books, over 200 scientific articles;

– American Cancer Society New England Division Medical Advisory Network;

– Advisory board of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps initiative to fight childhood obesity; and

– Nationally known guest speaker, key note speaker.

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