There are a number of reasons why tilapia is one of the most popular types of fish at present. For one thing, you can buy it skinless and boneless at a very affordable price, as opposed to salmon for instance, and you can’t overcook it. Plus, it doesn’t come with the familiar fish taste most people find off-putting.
But, what should make you think twice when choosing tilapia for dinner is the fact that this fish is not bred in the wild. In fact, its ‘natural’ habitat is fish farms in China, where natural food such as algae and lake plants is substituted with GMO soy, corn and a multitude of antibiotics and pesticides. Worst of low, this fish is basically depleted of fish oil, the most important nutrient in fish. This is such large scale farming, that thousands of fish are harvested each day. Consumers can hardly find wild tilapia on the market.
Health Reasons Why You Should Stop Consuming Farm-Bred Tilapia
1# Farm-bred fish generally pack higher content of pesticides and antibiotics. This basically comes down to the fact that farm fish are bred in a crowd, which makes them more susceptible to diseases. That’s why they’re often given antibiotics so as to keep them healthy. Pesticides are also part of their menu in order to kill sea lice. These pesticides are in fact so strong that can kill wild salmon when exposed to them accidentally. This is not all because these pesticides are then released into the sea, which then produces toxic effects on other marine life when ingested.
2# Farm-raised tilapia packs less healthy nutrients than the wild. For one thing, the omega 3 fatty acids in farm-bred tilapia are not as beneficial for us as opposed to the omega fatty acids in wild tilapia. Plus, farm-raised tilapia also contains less protein. The fish are raised in pools, which makes them fattier and they often contain more omega 6 fatty acids. Over consumption of omega 6 fatty acids makes us more prone to inflammation. In farm-bred tilapia the omega 3 to omega 6 ratios are misbalanced, which in turn negatively impacts our bodies.
3# Recent studies confirm that consuming farm-bred tilapia can lead to inflammation. In fact, eating tilapia can worsen already existing inflammation caused by a number of health issues including asthma, heart disease, and arthritis. People often wrongly believe that they’re getting their omega-3 fatty acid from the fish oil in tilapia to reduce the risk of heart attacks, but the real truth is that tilapia is a much more serious risk factor for inflammation than bacon or hamburgers.
4# Farm-bred tilapia also contains higher dioxin levels. These actually pack 11 times more dioxins than wild tilapia. Dioxins are not only toxic, but can also affect your proper body and can even trigger cancer development. The worst thing is that as soon as dioxins get into the body, they take a long time to get out – around 7-11 years is half of what it takes for dioxin to be removed from the body.
5# Last, but not least, farmed-raised fish is generally exposed to cancerous organic pollutants 10 times more than wild tilapia. Moreover, one of the main ingredients in the feed is chicken poop. And, pig and duck waste processed into fish food is also quite common.