Is Tilapia Your Favorite Fish? Here is Why You Shouldn’t Consume it!
Tilapia is the most famous fish that Americans consume today. It’s cheap to buy, doesn’t have “fishy” tasting, it’s skinless and boneless. You hardly can overcook it, which is a problem with many other fish varieties.
But the tilapia we’re buying and eating is almost entirely a farm-raised fish. In any grocery shop or restaurant menu we cannot find wild tilapia. And the farming usually happens on an industrial scale, where thousands of fish being harvested every day. Their feeding is not natural. The farms fatten up the fish on soy pallets and GMO corn. In the wild, tilapia would eat lake plants and algae.
Why This Farm-Raised Tilapia is Bad for Us
Late Studies have shown that this type of Tilapia may actually cause more inflammation.
Farm-raised tilapia has always been great source for fish. It is inexpensive and widely available in the US. However, before you buy Tilapia, maybe you would like to know about its correlation to inflammation. The conclusion of recent studies is that eating Tilapia may worsen inflammation. That can lead to arthritis, heart disease, asthma and other serious health problems. If you eat more fish in order to get your dose of omega-3-fatty-acids and lessen the risk of heart attacks, do not eat tilapia. In fact, scientists have found that the inflammatory potential of tilapia is far greater than that of a pork bacon or hamburger!
Farmed fish may have at least 10 times the amount of organic pollutants that can cause cancer compared to the wild variety
We can attribute this to the feeds that farmers use to raise fish. If you just knew what goes into the feeds of farm raised fish you would be simply horrified. Evidently, one of the main ingredients is chicken feces. Not only that, the transfer of duck and pig waste to fish farms is very common practice as well.
Farm-bred fish have high concentrations of pesticides and antibiotics. Where do farm-bred fish get those antibiotics?
The bad conditions of fish farms cause the fish to be more “exposed” to different types of disease. To keep them alive, farm owners give antibiotics to the fish to stave off disease. They treat arm-bred fish with pesticides to combat sea lice. The pesticides that farmers use to treat these fish are deadly. These bad pesticides are also released in the ocean where they get into the bodies and systems of other marine life.
Farm-bred fish also have lower levels of healthy nutrients
We all consume fish, hoping to “gain” the benefits of omega-3 fatty acid. However, did you know that the omega-3-acids found in farm-raised fish are less beneficial for our bodies compared to wild bred fish? Farm-raised fish also has very low protein content. Not only that! Farmers keep Farm-raised fish in cages; they have the “possibility” or tendency to be fattier, and they can have a very higher concentration of omega-6 acids. The problem with getting too much omega-6 acids in our body is that they may later cause inflammation due to imbalance.
Dioxin levels are, believe it or not, 11 times higher in farm-bred fish then in wild fish
Dioxin is in fact very toxic chemical. It can contribute to cancer and other health complications. The problem with dioxin is that once it enters in our body, it can take long time until it ”gets out”. The half-life of dioxin is around 7 – 11 years.