Growing up, we were all ingrained with the idea that eating fish is better and healthier than eating red meat. The truth is, it really depends on where the fish comes from and how it was raised.
Apparently, there is a huge difference between a fish caught in the wild and farm-bred fish. The most common types of farm-bred fish are salmon, tilapia, catfish, sea bass and cod.
Tilapia has become popular in the United States, partially due to its abundance and cheapness. The New York Times reported that, in 2016, Americans ate 475 million pounds of tilapia. Due to its popularity, Tilapia is nicknamed ‘aquatic chicken’.
Americans are known to make terrible choices when it comes to eating unhealthy food. Which is why it was surprising that they took such a liking to Tilapia. However, upon closer inspection, the seemingly nutritious fish is actually quite unhealthy.
“While a portion of tilapia has 135 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, a portion of salmon has over 2,000 milligrams,” the Times reports.
“And farmed tilapia may have even less than wild tilapia because fish acquire omega-3s by eating aquatic plants and other fish.” Farm-bred tilapia is fed with corn and soy pellets.
Below are the reasons why eating farm-bred tilapia is not good for our health.
1. Farm-raised tilapia may cause inflammation, and inflammation could lead to health risks such as heart failure, asthma, arthritis, among others.
2. Farm-bred fish, surprisingly, has 10 times the amount of cancer-causing organic pollutants. This may be from the types of feed that are fed to farm-bred fish.
3. They contain high levels of antibiotics and pesticides.
4. They have lower levels of nutrients, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6. This means farm-bred fish contain low amounts of protein.
5. They have high levels of Dioxin, a toxin that could lead to cancer and other serious health conditions. The worst part is that dioxin lingers inside the body for a very long time. Dioxin’s half-life is 7 to 11 years.
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