H.B. asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 6 months ago

Is smoked salmon a processed food?

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  • WOOWHO
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    is SMOKED Salmon a "PROCESSED" food ?

    by definition a PROCESSED food is any item

    that HAD a series of mechanical or chemical operations

    preformed on it to CHANGE it or PRESERVE it

    SMOKING is a PRESERVATIVE PROCESS

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    It undergoes a smoking / marinading process, so yes.

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  • 6 months ago

    Processing is ANYTHING done to food.

    So cutting, mashing, grinding, cooking, smoking, pureeing, boiling, etc.

    Those are all processing of food.

    An unprocessed food is say...a whole, raw apple.

    ALL processing damages nutrients, although some more than others. A whole, raw apple is much better for you, than say applesauce. Exactly how that applesauce is processed also makes a difference.

    A whole grain of wheat is MUCH more nutritious than the white flour that is made from it by processing.

    So...yes, smoked salmon is processed, but it isn’t processed as much as some other foods.

    Most food that we eat is “processed” somehow, but some foods are processed more than others. Most of the time when the term “processed food” is used, what is being discussed are HIGHLY processed foods like refined wheat, refined sugars, cured, meats, etc.

    One thing I’d be concerned about with smoked salmon is exactly what sort of additives and chemicals are being used for it and what sort of smoking process is being used. I have had access to excellent homemade smoked salmon most of my life, I know exactly how it is made and it makes most other smoked salmon type products pale by comparison.

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  • 6 months ago

    Unless it is swimming it has been processed.

    It is processed when it is killed, gutted and scales removed.

    It is processed when it is smoked or cured or frozen.

    Technically all the food you buy has been processed to some extent.

    The more minimal the processing the better.

    So smoked salmon is less processed than canned salmon.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Only if you consider smoking to be a process.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    All food is processed unless you're literally harvesting it and eating it without doing anything to it in-between (as in digging clams and baking them on a beach fire or eating a peach from the tree).

    There are different levels of "processed". For example, compare brown rice to a Kraft Single.

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  • rena
    Lv 4
    6 months ago

    All food is processed to some extent, it all has to go some kind of processing to be able to be packaged and shipped to the shops. So yes, technically smoked salmon is a processed food, even though that may not necessarily always be a bad thing.

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  • 6 months ago

    Technically, yes, but it doesn't have any additives. Any food that has been salted, cured, fermented, smoked, pickled, cooked or treated in some similar way is processed. Most of the food we eat has been processed. When people use the term "processed" as though it is something bad, they usually mean foods high in salt such as salami and some cured meats but any food that has been treated in some way is processed.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Yes, but the term processed is arbitrary in the context of food. Yes ot is processed, but it is juat smoked, at least should be, but in reality it probably also has additives to maintain colour and increase shelf-life.

    Of you are asking is smoked salmon unhealthy, then that's a different question. Compared to unadulterated salmon (which probably also has additives for the same reasons, and is therefore also 'processed'), it is arguably less healthy, as some components of the deposits from the smoking process are carcinogenic. But basically all other nutrients are preserved. In reality, unless you ate a large portion of it everyday for the next 20 years, it probably won't do any harm. But then that all depends on your diet as a whole ultimately. These are all just contributing factors to potential cancers. Again though, that's still arguable with smoked salmon, but it still applies to various carcinogens found in foods, moreso in foods that are more processed.

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  • CB
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    yes smoking is a PROCESS.

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