The question arises: Is it safe to eat smoked salmon?
There are many opinions on this topic. Some say yes, some say no, and some don’t even know what they think. But there is one thing everyone agrees upon – smoking salmon does not make it any safer or healthier than fresh fish!
Smoking Salmon Causes Cancer?
There have been several studies conducted over the years that show that eating smoked salmon causes cancer. However, most of these studies were done with cell lines and mice. They cannot prove that the same effect will occur in humans.
Another problem is that when scientists smoke salmon, they do not just get the flavor and aroma; they also get all the harmful chemicals that come from burning wood and other materials. These chemicals may cause cancer if eaten regularly.
What Are The Health Risks Of Smoking Salmon?
It is true that eating smoked salmon can cause cancer in laboratory animals. However, the risk is very small and the amount of time it takes to develop cancer is much longer than that of eating regular fish. The reason why smokers get lung cancer so quickly is because they inhale smoke into their lungs every day. If they did not breathe in such a toxic substance, they would probably live longer lives.
How Can I Tell Whether Or Not My Salmon Has Been Smoked?
You can’t! When you buy a piece of smoked salmon in the store, it does not have “Smoking Causes Cancer” written on the label. The health risks are built-in as a normal part of the product. You cannot see it or taste it. It is always better to be safe than sorry so if you want to lower your risk, just don’t eat smoked salmon.
How Do I Lower My Risk If I Still Want To Eat Smoked Salmon?
The best way to lower your risk is to eat smoked salmon that has no preservatives added to it. Another good way is to eat more fresh fish rather than canned or preserved fish.
Are There Safer Alternatives To Eating Smoked Salmon If I Still Want To Eat Fish?
Yes! There are several alternatives that you can try. Smoked oysters are delicious and have a wonderful taste. Smoked mussels are also very good. Both of these options have almost no health risks. Another alternative is to eat canned fish. Of course, we do not recommend eating any more than one can of fish per month.
What Else Should I Know About Smoked Fish?
You should also know that the less known health risks of eating smoked fish include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. These symptoms can occur immediately after eating or they can occur several days later. These side effects are rare but they do occur.
What Is Farmed Salmon?
Most of the salmon that you see in the store is what is known as “farmed” salmon. That means it’s a farmed animal, not a wild one. These fish are kept in underwater pens and fed pellets that are made from other fish that have died. This type of fish farming has come under attack recently because many environmentalists believe it is not good for the environment.
Are There Any Benefits To Eating Farmed Salmon?
Farmed fish is more affordable and readily available than wild fish. Since there is such high demand, farmed fish is also usually cleaner than its wild counterpart.
Does Farm-Raised Fish Have Less Mercury?
Mercury is a heavy metal that can be harmful in high concentrations.
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Do upstream actors in the food chain know end‐users’ quality perceptions? Findings from the Norwegian salmon farming industry by GG Ottesen – Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 2006 – emerald.com
Listeria monocytogenes in the smoked salmon industry by LM Rørvik – International journal of food microbiology, 2000 – Elsevier
Breakfast club ‘brain & breastfeeding’booster with smoked salmon by E Salmon – kalilacommunity.com