Going out for seafood can be a great experience. It’s a different setting, it’s exotic, and it is also a great way to get vital nutrients and vitamins. Take Tilapia for example, it’s the most popular farmed fish in America because it is the most affordable.
In many cases, seafood is very expensive because of the essential vitamins it contains, which can limit people from consuming it. So it is no surprise that the most affordable fish is the most purchased.
With that said, health experts have now issued a warning telling people to stay as far away from Tilapia as possible.
One of the main reasons experts are signaling to stay away from Tilapia is because it contains very few nutrients. According to researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Tilapia scored much lower omega-3 fatty acid chart than most other fish.
The omega-3 fatty acids is what give fish most of their benefits, which includes Alzheimer’s risk reduction. What Tilapia does contain is large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, which are not good for you. Take this in; there are more omega-6 fatty acids in Tilapia than there is in a hamburger or bacon.
While omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, omega-6 fatty acids can potentially cause cancer. One of the omega-6 fatty acids that are present in Tilapia is called arachidonic acid. This compound increases inflammation that precedes Alzheimer’s.
Most Tilapia is farmed; it is actually the second most farmed fish in the entire world. The main reason is because of the fish’s hardiness; it has the ability to eat just about anything. This is good for farmers, but not good for consumers. Normally farmers would have to spend money on fish food, but instead they feed Tilapia pig poop and chicken.
Not only can Tilapia increase the chances of Alzheimer’s, but it also has the ability to cause cancer. One toxic chemical that has been found in the fish is dioxin – the compound that has been linked to the development and progression of cancer.
The concern about this compound is that your body is unable to flush it out for about 7 to 10 years. This means that if you have high levels of dioxin in your body, the chances of you developing cancer are increased.
So if you are a fish lover and an unfortunate Tilapia consumer, you should consider an alternative. The most healthies fish that you could consume is Fresh Water Coho Salmon. It contains between 700 to 1800 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, making it one the top choices for fish.
Now this next choice may not be anyone’s favorite, but it’s extremely healthy for you. Sardines have been labeled as one of the world’s superfoods. It packs more omega-3 fatty acids (1,950 mg) per 3-ounce serving that a serving of salmon. It also is very high in vitamin D as well.