Salmon and IBS

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   Posted Today 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have IBS and I eat frozen salmon every day and I'm fine with it it causes no problems for me.

After hearing about the posible contaminents in the farm raised salmon I decided to try eating the wild salmon in a can. I ate the same amount of it as I do the frozen salmon and I got really sick from eating it.

The only differences that I could think of is that the canned had a higher salt content and had very soft bones in it (I ate most of them) and it is cooked to the point of bein very soft and is a different type of salmon than the farm raised ones.

Anyway this has been really bugging me as to what might have made me so sick from this change from frozen to canned salmon.

Funny thing is I don't have a problem with canned tuna with salt in it!!

Just wanted to see if anyone had any ideas of what it could be.


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   Posted Today 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well :)

Is fish the only thing that you can tolerate with your IBS? I'm not only worried about the contaminents however worried about the high levels of mercury. Is that what they warned on the farm raised? There is also mercury in canned fish as well. You may have gotten sick because in canned anything they had a lot of preservatives and (yes salt) that you wont find on the fresh fish and your body may not be used to it.
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   Posted 10/30/2005 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JJ, welcome to the site!
I agree with dbab.... It could be the preservatives. Not many IBSers can tolerate much of canned anything because of the preservatives. Anything that has been "processed" is hard on the system. Have you thought about taking the fish oil supplements (or something of the natrue)?
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   Posted 10/31/2005 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Was it canned in oil or water? Oil can have an effect on the stomach/intestines (our vet told us to feed our cat sardines in oil because the oil would help him get rid of his hairballs).

You may want to switch to fresh wild/organic samon and just freeze it yourself.

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   Posted 10/31/2005 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks dbab 7lil and Kerimon

The salmon was just canned in water. It was bumblebee brand red sockeye. Ingredients.... red salmon, salt.

I thought I would get some more calcium in my diet because of the bones in the salmon and also get away from the artificial colors in the farm raised as well as the other possible polutants.

It could have been the salt or maybe the high heat that they can it with. Maybe it was the type or brand of salmon. Whatever it was it sure made me sick. I was in pain and didn't eat for about 24 hours afterward I just drank lots of water (my way of curing my flare ups!)
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