What is the difference between Salmon & Salmon Trout

There are good reasons why the majestic Salmon remains such a popular choice – it’s full of vitamins, lends itself to countless easy preparations, and has an undeniably rich flavor. But lately, it gets more confusing when shopping for Salmon as merchants flood the market with Salmon Trouts. Though the term is misleading, the price is attractive and distracts consumers.

So what is the difference between Salmon Trout and Salmon?

In Singapore, Salmon Trouts in the market is what the food industry would sometimes re-brand as for Rainbow Trouts. Rainbow Trouts are fresh-water fishes and migrates to the sea where it thrives in salt water, becoming the Steelhead trout. But this fish is a freshwater fish, and not a saltwater fish. There is a slight difference in appearance, yet have similar bone structure and flesh texture.

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Here’s what to love about Salmon and why pay a premium price for this prestigious white meat:

  1. Mercury concentration in freshwater fish are much higher than saltwater fish as harmful methylmercury latches onto decayed plants and animal matter.
  2. A study by the University of Quebec concluded that though consuming lean fish do contain DHA and EPA, these fish does not increase Omega 3 serum levels. The advice to eat fish on a regular basis apply to only salt water fish consumption.
  3. In the same research, it is also noted an increased blood methylmercury concentration in frequent fish eaters. They concluded that no matter how many locally caught freshwater fish are eaten, serum DHA and EPA levels are not affected.
  4. Salmon is full of omega 3 fatty acids, a “brain food”, with a host of other benefits.
  5. The different habitat and feed of all meat source affects the flavor, taste and texture of the meat. Saltwater fishes are known for its natural sweetness and refined texture, and the Salmon stands out from most fishes for its buttery flavor on top of the natural ocean sweetness.

So, are the two types of fish the same? The answer is a resounding no – they do not taste the same. Although Salmon Trout resembles the Salmon in many ways, the taste is comparatively different – a Salmon will always be more prized than a trout.


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