Seafood can be a great source of protein and vitamins. But there’s one fish health experts are warning consumers to stay far away from – tilapia. It’s the most popular farmed fish across the United States, thanks in large part to its affordability. But not only is it just about void of all nutrients you’d expect from seafood – it’s also really bad for you. How bad? ‘Worse than bacon’ bad.
Here’s a rundown on what makes tilapia so awful.
Reason #1 – Tilapia Contains Few Nutrients
Researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine released a report on the omega-3 fatty acid content in popular fish. Tilapia scored far lower than most other fish on the list.
Omega-3 fatty acids give fish most of their benefits, including Alzheimer’s risk reduction.
What this fish contains lots of is omega-6 fatty acids, which are terrible for you. The quantity of omega-6 in tilapia gives one serving of the fish higher inflammatory potential than a hamburger or bacon.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Reason #2 – Tilapia Could Cause Alzheimer’s
One of the omega-6 fatty acids in tilapia goes by the name of arachidonic acid – a compound which significantly increases the type of inflammatory damage that precedes Alzheimer’s.
So while eating healthy fish like mackerel, halibut and sardines would reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, this fish actually increases it.
Reason #3 – Most Tilapia Is Farmed
Tilapia is the second most commonly farmed fish in the world. This is largely due to the fish’s hardiness; it can eat just about anything.
This is fantastic for fish farmers. It means they don’t have to spend lots of money on fish food as they would were they raising salmon. Instead, many of them feed the fish chicken and pig poop.
Is your stomach turning yet?
Of course, farmed tilapia also retains all the other nasty parts of fish farming. The fish are overcrowded, stuffed with antibiotics and genetically modified to grow faster.
Reason #4 – Tilapia May Cause Cancer
Tilapia, being one of the most commonly farmed fish, can carry up to 10 times the amount of carcinogens as other fish.
You can trace this right back to what fish farmers feed the fish – poop, pesticides and industrial-grade chemicals. One toxic chemical researchers have found in the fish is dioxin, which is linked to the development and progression of cancer. What’s more, your body doesn’t actually flush out dioxin for a whopping 7-11 years. It’s got a lot of time to do damage.
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