Here at Huon, we value subject matter experts so when we were asked about the benefits of eating salmon, we turned to Anna and Alex of The Biting Truth. This duo of dietitians specialises in creating tailored nutrition programs for businesses, schools and even children. So when they say that “Salmon is one of the healthiest foods” you really can take their word for it!
Nothing fishy here!
Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Why is this important? Well, our bodies are unable to produce omega-3 fatty acids, however, they’re essential for good health. Omega-3s help to reduce inflammation and are critical for brain health. We usually recommend our clients enjoy fish two to three times per week to reap these benefits.
Salmon is an excellent source of protein, containing around 18-25 g of protein per 100 g serve. Research shows consuming higher amounts of lean protein is associated with better weight management. This is largely because protein is satiating, which may lead to a lower calorie intake, in turn contributing to weight loss.
Salmon also contains high amounts of B vitamins, potassium and selenium.
- B vitamins (there are eight of them) are water soluble and must be consumed regularly because they’re not stored by the body. B vitamins have many important roles such as keeping your metabolism in check and your hormones in balance.
- Potassium helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals. A diet rich in potassium has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and water retention, protect against stroke, and prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones.
- Selenium plays a critical role in metabolism and thyroid function and helps protect your body from oxidative stress.
- Astaxanthin is the carotenoid (type of antioxidant) that gives salmon it’s orangey-pink colour.
Research suggests that astaxanthin may help reduce inflammation, decrease oxidative stress, and protect against the build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries, which could potentially reduce the risk of heart disease. Astaxanthin may even help prevent skin damage to maintain your youthful looks.
Salmon is one of our favourite proteins for weeknight meals. Although we do love how easy and delicious it is just to grill salmon with some extra virgin olive oil, lemon and spices, we also like mixing things up—there are so many easy ways to do so!
Head to the recipe page for a recipe for Glazed Huon Salmon and Zucchini Skewers that we developed. You’ll be surprised by how simple the recipe is to make (it’s definitely one to add to your mid-week dinner repertoire). The inspiration for this recipe came from chicken skewers, and honestly, we’re converts!