There is mounting evidence that tilapia, the third most consumed fish in America, is extremely harmful to our health, since it is grown in China in bad farming practices.
Undoubtedly, tilapia has deserved its common use for it is quite inexpensive, can be bought skinless and boneless and is really tasty. And it would have been healthy if being wild.
However, its origin is the real problem, for the tilapia we consume today is farm-bred instead of wild. It is absolutely impossible for one to come across wild tilapia on the market or even in restaurants.
Actually, farm-raised tilapia is not health beneficial for several reasons. Healthy fish oil in wild tilapia is basically lacking in farm-bred one. Namely, while wild tilapia eats lake plants and algae, farm-bred tilapia is fed on soy pellets and GMO corn.
It is of crucial importance that you opt for wild tilapia, since the farm-bred tilapia is deficient in the vital nutrients your body needs. Instead, it provides numerous harmful effects, including the following:
High Dioxin Levels
Dioxins are not only toxic, but can also affect your proper body and can even trigger cancer development. Farm-bred tilapia contains higher dioxin levels, in fact, 11 times more dioxins than wild tilapia. Moreover, 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 discarded from the body.
Higher Pesticides and Antibiotics
In general, farm-bred fish contain higher content of pesticides and antibiotics. This is due to the fact that farm fish are bred in a crowd, which makes them more susceptible to diseases, and they are often given antibiotics so as to keep them healthy. In addition, in order to kill sea lice, pesticides are also used. These pesticides are in fact so strong that can kill wild salmon when exposed to them accidentally.
Farm-bred tilapia can lead to inflammation, according to newest research. The consumption of tilapia can in fact worsen already existing inflammation caused by a number of health issues including asthma, heart disease, and arthritis. It is a fact that tilapia is a much more serious risk factor for inflammation than bacon or hamburgers.
Low Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratios
Another big difference between the two is the fact that farm-raised tilapia contains less healthy nutrients than the wild one. Moreover, farm-raised tilapia also contains less protein. Plus, the omega 3 fatty acids in farm-bred tilapia are not as beneficial as opposed to the omega fatty acids in wild tilapia.
These fish are raised in pools, which makes them fattier and they often contain more omega 6 fatty acids, and overconsumption of omega 6 fatty acids increases the risk of inflammation. In farm-bred tilapia the omega 3 to omega 6 ratios in farm- bred tilapia are out of balance, so they have negative effect on our health.
Cancer Causing Pollutants
One of the main ingredients in the feed is chicken poop, as well as pig and duck waste. In general, farmed-raised fish is 10 times more exposed to cancerous organic pollutants than wild tilapia.