Something might be fishy at your local supermarket. That wild fish you're shelling out for might be a bit more tame than the label indicates. According to the National
Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California-Santa Barbara, some fish sold might actually be a mix of wild caught and farm-raised.
For example, an estimated 40 percent of the Alaskan salmon sold originates in fish hatcheries, even though it's labeled "all wild, never farmed," researchers say. Instead of sticking the fish with a "wild" label, 000the researchers call on seafood producers to label these foods as "hybrids"-a term they say will be essential for future fish production.
Fisheries traditionally interact with fish when they are captured, whereas farm-raised fish, or aquaculture, "controls the entire life-cycle of the organism, from egg to harvest," says Stanford University's Dane Klinger, who wrote the paper on the issue. Many types of seafood and shellfish use a combination of these techniques, of which most consumers are unaware. Klinger says. Because of an increasing demand for fish, this type of harvesting is essential to the fish industry, say Klinger and her co-authors.
WILD VS. FARMED RAISED SALMON
The health community prefers wild salmon. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), or synthetic chemicals, were added to paint, plastics, and other products until the 1970s and have found their way into fish, explains Harvard Medical School. A landmark study in 2004 found that PCB concentrations were almost eight-times higher in farmed fish because of farm-feed contamination. However, subsequent studies, including one in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the health benefits of eating the omega-3-rich fish outweighs the potential dangers of PCBs.
An evaluation has not been conducted to determine the PCB risk in hybrid-raised fish.
Whether you're for or against farm-raised salmon, transparency is key, say the paper's author. Both fisheries and aquaculture do not provide enough fish to feed the world's growing demand, they say, so a combination of fishing techniques is likely to become more popular.
"Seafood production is a critical part of global food security, but the way we study and talk about it often obscures how to achieve the thing we care the most about; increasing the supply of sustainably produced seafood to feed a rapidly growing human population, "wrote researcher Mary Turnipseed in a release. "We need to start collecting more accurate data on how seafood is really produced in today's world, and a first step will be through replacing the old farmed-fished dichotomy with a farmed-fished-hybrid classification scheme."
I see both sides, wild-caught vs. farmed raised, and feel that it is important to shop for what you feel works best for you!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMON WATER
Given the staggering number of freshly pressed juices, herb-filled supplements and complicated cleanses that have flooded the nutritional market, it is perhaps surprising that the most popular elixir in the wellness community of late is made of just two simple ingredients.
Nutritionists, celebrities and healthful eating enthusiasts all over the Internet seem to agree: A single glass of hot lemon water before breakfast can not only help you stay hydrated but may also improve digestion and regulate an overactive appetite.
Miranda Kerr told Net-a-Porter that she begins each day with warm water and lemon, which she claims cleanses the body. On her blog, Lauren Conrad termed the citrus fruit and still water a "match made in heaven." And Stacey Kiebler confirmed in People Magazine that she, too, relies on the beverage to jump start her day.
Between them, these imbibers have claimed that the brew has helped them lose weight, cleared up their skin, and even equipped their body to better absorb vitamins and minerals.
Celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman, who launched Nutritious Life Magazine, told ABC News that she often drinks water with lemon in the morning.
If for nothing else, she said, as a method to ensure that she stays hdrated. "Many people like the taste of lemon and if that gets you to drink water then trhat alone is positive," she said.
As far as resolutions go, the habit is certainly not a difficult one to pick up. According to Melisse Gelula, the co-founder and editorial director of Well+Good, an online wellness bible, the ease with which enthusiasts can find hot water and lemon feeds its widespread appeal.
Unlike so many other fitness and health fads,, this one does not require a substantial investement of time or money.
"You don't need to be a member of the wellness cognoscenti to do it," Gelula surmised. "It has become one of those 'Health 101' things that people all across the spectrum can do...You don't have to be a green juicing kind of person to enjoy it."
And while the drink is most popular in the morning, Gelula recommended it as an after-dinner drink..
"Right after you've had something a little rich or a little indulgent, I kind of like lemon water," she said. "If it's post-Thanksgiving dinner, for example, have some lemon water."
The warm citrus can settle your stomach, she said, and clear your palate.
Dana James, the founder of Food Coach NYC, said that though she thinks the trend is perhaps "over-hyped," it is not without nutritional merit.
"What it does is increase detoxification because the bitterness of the lemon activates the bile flow," which, she said, "helps emulsify and remove fat soluble toxins."
Futhermore, James said the habit often makes her clients "feel virtuous, which leads to better all-day eating habits." "Ultimately, the thrice-certified nutritionist concluded that there is "no reason not to be doing it."