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Happy Bones, Happy Life

Dec 3, 2019

Randy Hartnell is CEO of Vital Choice, the leading online seafood company he and his wife, Carla, founded in 2001. His passion is to share his knowledge about the many remarkable benefits of safe, sustainable seafood, and provide his customers with reliable access to the very best of it.

Prior to founding Vital Choice, Randy spent more than twenty years as an Alaskan commercial fisherman. His first book, The Seafood Prescription — Live a Healthier, Happier, Longer Life with Nature’s Perfect Food, is due out in 2020.

During the episode, Randy reveals the truth behind seafood that the majority of the consumers are not aware of. He explains the difference between a wild fish and a farm-raised fish in terms of nutritional value, health consequences, and physical characteristics. He also explains how mercury, plastics, and other external factors, affect the fish and the people consuming them. This is a great episode where you can learn about the safest and healthiest seafood you can eat.


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Time Stamps:

  • 03:08 – What led him into fishing?
  • 04:26 – The Genesis of Vital Choice
  • 06:36 – Nutritional differences between wild salmon and farmed salmon
  • 08:26 – “There is no food that I know of that is more sustainable than wild salmon” - Randy Hartnell
  • 09:26 – Should you avoid farmed salmon?
  • 11:44 – “The bottom line is, just find reputable fish people” - Randy Hartnell
  • 12:21 – Where can you find 95% of wild salmon?
  • 15:33 – How to differentiate a wild salmon from farm-raised
  • 18:48 – Health consequences and benefits of omega 3
  • 21:24 – Balancing omega 3s and 6s
  • 25:41 – How does mercury in fish affect the consumers?
  • 33:41 – Taking fish oil as a source for omega 3
  • 37:34 – Effects of plastics in our oceans
  • 41:04 – A taste of fresh fish in a can
  • 47:54 – “It’s really all about the quality and getting fish that are chosen well and cared for” - Randy Hartnell

DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and the Happy Bones, Happy Life program.