Say No to Tilapia
Let’s talk fish…Most of us know that fish is full of omega 3 fatty acids and protein. And most fish is very good for you, with the exception of one…tilapia. Although it is fairly inexpensive and readily available at almost every grocery store you should definitely stay away from it. Tilapia is most often farmed, which means they are raised in small enclosures with poor diets. Being raised in such crowded conditions, the fish are more susceptible to disease, so they are given antibiotics to help prevent that. They are also sometimes treated with pesticides to combat a condition called sea lice. Recent studies have found that farm-raised tilapia can cause inflammation in the body. Which can contribute to a host of very unsavory health problems. Another reason to shy away from this fish is because they are often fed methyltesosterone when they are young. These hormones make the fish grow bigger quicker and also makes it where they require less food. There is also research to suggest that this methyltesosterone is toxic to the human liver.
Reference: http://www.eatthis.com/tilapia-is-worse-than-bacon Tilapia also contains very small amounts of the good stuff that most fish has - omega 3 fatty acids. To put it in perspective, salmon has 2000 mg of omega 3, and tilapia has 135 mg. These fish are fed a diet of corn and soy (that is probably GMO). This makes them high in omega 6 fats, (the typical American diet has too much omega 6 and not enough omega 3 – confusing I know!)
Want fish for dinner? Try these instead of Tilapia (make sure to buy ‘wild caught’, never ‘farm-raised’):
- Wild Alaskan Salmon
- Alaska Pollock
- Atlantic Cod
- Atlantic Mackerel
- Striped Bass
- Rainbow Trout
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“3 Alarming Reasons You Should Stop Eating Tilapia Immediately.” Lifehack, 10 Dec. 2015, www.lifehack.org/314139/3-alarming-reasons-you-should-stop-eating-tilapia-immediately.
“12 Best Types of Fish to Eat.” Healthline, 24 July 2018, www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/11-best-fish-to-eat#char. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.
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