National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

Big ups to Weight Watchers for extolling the benefits of wild salmon to its weight-conscious membership.



I know this because I am a member of Weight Watcher Nation. I joined in January through a group here at the office, hoping to shed the infuriating number of pounds that have crept on over the years. Unfortunately, tapping away at a computer keyboard each day doesn't quite burn off enough calories to offset the amount of fast food that I was consuming all too often.



Hence, rather than look like a tuxedo-clad Oompa-Loompa when I get married next summer, I decided to start exercising more and eating less. And I figured I'd make better nutritional progress in Weight Watchers than I would if left to my own devices. If the organization is good enough for Charles Barkley, the legendary Round Mound of Rebound, then it's good enough for me.



Hence, every Tuesday, I head to a WW meeting for a weigh-in and communion with the other group members. And in one of the weekly handouts we received this week, we learned why the organization lists wild salmon, but not farmed salmon, as a Power Food.



Power Foods are those that are deemed the most filling, yet have the lowest values in Weight Watchers' points system (everything you eat is given a points value) while having the most positive impact on health.



Weight Watchers gives wild salmon the nod because they get more exercise than the farmed variety. That makes wild salmon much leaner with a higher proportion of protein and less fat. "Thus," the handout says, "wild salmon have lower energy density than their farm-raised cousins."



That's just another arrow in the quiver of the health benefits omega-3-rich wild salmon offers consumers. And I can happily chow down on a tasty source of protein that will help whip me into tuxedo shape.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

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