10 Reasons Why Wild Salmon Should Be Your Go-To Protein


Health + Wellness

A Case for Making Sustainable, Flavor-Forward, Nutrient-Dense Fish a Regular Part of Your Diet

If you’re on a mission to eat less meat and chicken but fear the void of a tasty, solid protein on your plate, it’s time you get acquainted with wild salmon.

Besides being a nutritional powerhouse, wild salmon protein is also incredibly satisfying — steak-of-the-sea satisfying. The taste of wild salmon kicks onto the palate with character and bite — deep umami notes with a toothsome texture that pairs well with just about everything.

So, if you’re looking for a clean protein source with an exciting flavor profile, Alaskan salmon — easily procurable as a member of the Wild Alaskan Company — will quickly become your new favorite. In addition to its special taste, here are ten more reasons why wild salmon protein should be your go-to protein literally for the rest of your life:

1. Wild Salmon Protein is Super Lean

If you’re looking to reduce your overall calorie intake or simply to replace empty calories with high-quality sources of nutrition, salmon protein is your new best friend. A four-ounce serving of wild coho salmon packs over 26 grams of protein and only about 200 calories.

2. It Helps the Heart

Despite being a lean source of protein and low in saturated fat, wild Alaskan salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to lower the risk of stroke and developing an abnormal heartbeat. Wild salmon’s stellar omega-3 content also helps the heart by reducing triglyceride levels, preventing the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque and lowering blood pressure (1).

3. It Has More of the Good Fatty Acids

Although farmed salmon actually contains more omega-3 fatty acids per ounce, wild salmon has about twice as favorable of an omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio, sitting at 1:10 versus the farmed ratio of about 1:4 (2). In contrast, consider that the American diet of processed foods and sugars can pile up twenty-five times more omega-6s than omega-3s. This dietary balance is a far cry from the ideal 1-to-1 ratio that our bodies were built to handle. Health professionals and consumers are learning more about the importance of this balance and have recently begun to understand how a diet lopsided in omega-6s is a risk factor for obesity (3).

4. It’s Great for Your Kids and Parents, Too

The omega-3s in wild salmon also contain vital nutrients for healthy fetal development (4) and have been associated with lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s (5).

5. It’s an Anti-inflammatory Powerhouse

Wild salmon has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help alleviate chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease (6). Other studies have begun exploring the anti-inflammatory potential of salmon for ulcerative colitis, signaling again to the healing potential of this wonder fish (7).

6. It’s Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Wild salmon is a quick-cooking source of protein that can be simply and deliciously prepared for lunch and dinner. It’s also great cooked, cured, or smoked as both an indulgent and healthy part of breakfast.

7. Did we Mention its Antioxidants?

Unlike other proteins, wild salmon is especially rich in antioxidants, particularly astaxanthin. It gets it from the krill and shrimp it eats as part of its varied diet. And fun fact: astaxanthin is also the reason that wild salmon is a deep hue of pink or red.

8. Wild Salmon Fights Cancer

Of all the non-plant based sources of protein, wild salmon is what you want in the ring when it comes to fighting cancer. For one thing, wild Alaskan salmon is an excellent source of selenium, which aids in the prevention of colorectal cancer (8). In contrast, red meat has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the IARC, with evidence that it actually increases the risk of colorectal cancer. There’s even recent evidence that having a diet high in the types of omega-3s found in wild salmon (known as DHA) might aid in the  prevention of pancreatic cancer (9).

9. It’s Great for the Environment

While plant-based proteins have lower carbon footprints than their animal counterparts, wild Alaskan salmon is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of non-plant protein out there. The Environmental Defense Fund gives wild Alaskan salmon an eco-rating of “best” (10).

10. It’s Pure

Unlike other sources of protein from industrialized agriculture, wild Alaskan salmon is always free of antibiotics and hormones, and is never genetically modified. And unlike seafood higher up in the food chain, it’s low in developmental toxins like mercury.

P.S. Don’t worry if you don’t see the word “organic” on your wild Alaskan salmon. It can’t be organic because it’s caught in its natural habitat, not farmed and raised.

The easiest way to regularly incorporate sustainable seafood into your diet is to connect directly with a trusted supplier, such as the Wild Alaskan Company, a direct-to-consumer seafood membership service that takes all the guesswork out of eating top-quality wild seafood.

Click here to buy your wild seafood!


  1. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16323755
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26950145
  4. https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm393070
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22002791
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3712371
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4153328
  8. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-11-benefits-cancer-higher-intake-fatty.html
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380183
  10. http://seafood.edf.org/salmon

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