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  • Is this fish Primal or not?

    I am working my way into the Primal lifestyle. Finding good fish seems to be a problem for me. I found this Wild Alaskan fish burger at Costco (frozen) and thought it was pretty safe. Ran the ingredients by some Primal BFF's and got a lot of mixed reaction. So we thought it would be a good question to ask the real experts!!


    Manuf: Trident Seafoods, Seattle WA
    Pink and/or Keta Salmon, water, canola oil, contains 2% or less of : Lemon juice, sea salt, ground onion, garlic powder, Spice, natural smoke flavor, natural flavor, veg extractives, color added, parfried in soybean and or canola oil.

    1 burger
    1,360 mg Omega-3
    170 calories
    Fat: 9g
    Sat Fat: 1g
    Poly Fat: 3g
    Mono Fat: 4.5g
    Choles: 60mg
    Sodium: 330 mg
    Carbs: 2g
    Protein: 20g

    If the Salmon burgers are 98% fish and water..... then is it considered highly processed and not to be used in my Primal food plan?? And what about the "proclaimed" 1,360mg Omega-3's? I assume the canola oil is used as a binder. Does the 80/20 rule apply here?

  • #2
    It's not primal, but you can use your 20% here if you want. Primal=one ingredient. (unless you make it yourself)
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    • #3
      Mention Soybean or canola oil and it gets tossed back in the freezer it was displayed in. Just buy canned salmon and make your own salmon patties(I use shredded cocnut as a binder/dryer) and fry in coconut oil or lard.
      Integrity is what we do when nobody's watching.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bryanccfshr View Post
        Mention Soybean or canola oil and it gets tossed back in the freezer it was displayed in. Just buy canned salmon and make your own salmon patties(I use shredded cocnut as a binder/dryer) and fry in coconut oil or lard.
        Chia seeds are also a good binder.

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        • #5
          Why not just buy a salmon steak? I avoid all processed foods like this - nothing with more than 5 ingredients gets into my shopping bag.
          Odille
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mdgardengirl View Post
            Pink and/or Keta Salmon, water, canola oil, contains 2% or less of : Lemon juice, sea salt, ground onion, garlic powder, Spice, natural smoke flavor, natural flavor, veg extractives, color added, parfried in soybean and or canola oil.
            Farmed salmon, because if it was wild-caught, they'd boast about it. Soybean and canola oils are not healthy oils and should be avoided, even if eaten unheated. Pan-frying turns them into toxic trans-fats. Natural flavor = MSG. Natural smoke flavor, natural flavor = ? Color added, why?

            Overly processed and unhealthy. Not food, IMO.

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            • #7
              salmon patties: canned salmon, eggs, seasoning fry in ghee or if you prefer buttah!!

              I want to try some mackerel, but same thing there!!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Martha View Post
                Farmed salmon, because if it was wild-caught, they'd boast about it. Soybean and canola oils are not healthy oils and should be avoided, even if eaten unheated. Pan-frying turns them into toxic trans-fats. Natural flavor = MSG. Natural smoke flavor, natural flavor = ? Color added, why?

                Overly processed and unhealthy. Not food, IMO.
                I think you missed this part
                "I found this Wild Alaskan fish burger at Costco (frozen)"

                Otherwise I'd agree they are far from ideal, especially once I noticed the "parfried in soybean and/or canola oil" snuck in at the end

                A frozen salmon fillet works as a "burger" quite nicely, and without all that extra crap
                If you watch weekly sales it's possible to get 1lb of fillets for the same price per serving as those costco burgers
                Last edited by Fury; 01-22-2012, 10:33 PM.

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                • #9
                  nice !Soybean and canola oils are not healthy oils and should be avoided, even if eaten unheated.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tradawg View Post
                    It's not primal, but you can use your 20% here if you want. Primal=one ingredient. (unless you make it yourself)
                    I completely disagree with your definition - I can buy mixed veggies at the supermarket, or any number of other things that are multi-ingedient, but perfectly reasonable choices. Is that box of cereal primal? No. Is that sauce where the only ingredients are tomatoes, water, peppers, and garlic primal? Close enough for anyone that's not looking to pick bones.

                    However, I do agree regarding this particular food: "parfried in canola/soybean oil" definitely isn't primal, nor are "spice", "color added", and "natural smoke flavor". Though practically, you could do a lot worse, too.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks everyone! Appreciate all the good advice and suggestions.

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                      • #12
                        thanks

                        Thanks everyone! Appreciate all the good advice and suggestions.

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                        • #13
                          This situation is getting a little out of hand. The food described doesn't fit the definition of what Mark believes is primal. Let's just say that if that's all you can get, then more power to you. I live in a place that doesn't get any type of grass-fed yada yada, and I have to make due.

                          I've read PB twice, and I'm sure that Mark never said anything about primal having one ingredient. That's bullshit. Use common sense, eat what you can that you know is right for you, and don't eat what isn't.

                          Period.

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