Tilapia is one of the most popular farmed fish among Americans, mostly because it is the most affordable way to get the nutrients and vitamins offered by seafood.
The name refers to several species of mostly freshwater fish, members of the cichlid family. These fish are native to Africa but are nowadays farmed in more than 135 countries around the world.
However, experts are warning that we should stay as far away as possible from it, as apparently, it is not even close to the healthy dietary source of such nutrients we consider it to be.
In fact, experts claim that it is very low in nutrients, and it scored much lower on the lower omega-3 fatty acid chart than most other fish. On the other hand, it is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which are not beneficial for us, and might even lead to cancer.
One of these omega-6 fatty acids present in Tilapia is arachidonic acid, which supports inflammation that precedes Alzheimer’s.
Moreover, tilapia is the second most farmed fish in the world. It is perfect for farming as it doesn’t mind being crowded, grows very quickly and consumes a cheap vegetarian diet.
It can eat about anything, due to its hardiness. In the poor conditions in which it is farmed, it is usually fed pig poop and chicken.
Reports have shown that about 73% of the tilapia sold in the U.SS, comes from China, where this practice of feeding it feces from livestock animals is common. Bacteria such as Salmonella found in an animal waste can contaminate the water and raise the risk of foodborne diseases.
Moreover, research has found that most of the shipments of seafood from China do not meet safety standards, since they have been polluted with potentially harmful chemicals, like veterinary drug residues and unsafe additives.
Therefore, its consumption can lead to Alzheimer’s and cancer, as a result of the high levels of dioxin in contains, which has been linked to the development and progression of cancer. Additionally, our body cannot remove dioxin for about 7 to 10 years.
We strongly advise you to avoid tilapia, or stick to the wild-caught type, if you are able to find.
You should also focus on some healthier fish types, like trout, herring, or Fresh Water Coho Salmon, which has 700 to 1800 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as sardines, which are rich in vitamin D and even higher in omega-3 fatty acids than salmon.