The similarities between avocados and salmon go beyond the fact that people love spreading them on carbs (avocado toast or bagels and lox, anyone?). In fact, both avocados and salmon are a celebration of health in each bite that are easy to incorporate into any diet. And both foods contain an array of nutrients offering the best of Mother Nature’s bounty, especially when it comes to omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats naturally found in foods that are commonly associated with good nutrition that promote a healthy lifestyle. They differ from trans fats and saturated fats, the types of fats that increase cholesterol, the risk of heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Which is widely thought to help combat heart disease, improve brain development and reduce inflammation. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of salmon per week to reap its benefits, and the Mayo Clinic states omega-3 fatty acids found in fish “are the nutrients that reduce the risk of dying of heart disease.” In addition to being a great source of protein, wild salmon is also packed with a plethora of essential nutrients.
Similar to salmon, avocados also contain omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s a specific kind typically found in plants. This particular omega-3 fatty acid is called ALA, and when paired with salmon, not only makes for a delicious meal, but also creates a robust dosage of healthy fats.
However, being loaded with essential fatty acids isn’t the only thing avocados and salmon share. With both being such sought-after fares enjoyed by health conscious people and foodies alike, customers now have to deal with consumer fraud in both items. An Oceana study showed that 43% of salmon were mislabeled. And Newsweek has reported that some restaurants are deceptively selling guacamole substituted with other ingredients without containing any actual avocado.
Omega-3 fatty acids and food fraud are both causes we here at Wild Alaskan Company care deeply about, and we take pride in being your dedicated source for wild-caught seafood from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
So, guac on and celebrate National Avocado day with a feast of healthy fats with our tips on making the perfect seafood taco with guacamole.