Tilapia is indeed one of the most consumed fish in both America and Asia. Aside from having it for a consumer-friendly price, Tilapia can be bought boneless and skinless. Tilapia is also easy to cook and does not have a fishy taste.
However, despite the impressive attribute it has, Tilapia has apparently a dark side which can even be more destructive to your health rather than some disastrous meats like beef and pork.
Most Tilapia we are consuming today is farm-bred instead of wild, which only means that you can’t any longer spot a wild Tilapia in any supermarket or on any restaurant menu.
Why can't you eat farmed-raised Tilapia?
Additionally, farmed fish contain ten times the normal amount of carcinogenic, or cancer causing agents as fish found in the wild. It’s no different for tilapia. These kind of fish also have a higher amounts of pesticides in them, as pesticides are used to treat the fish for infections while being farmed and often remains contained in their bodies after harvesting.
Another concern is the high level of Dioxin in farmed fish. Dioxin is a lethal substance that, once in your system, can take up to a decade to leave your body. Dioxin levels are 11 times higher in farmed fish than in wild fish.
Furthermore, farm-raised tilapia packs less solid supplements than the wild ones. They contain less protein and frequently contain more omega 6 unsaturated fats than Omega 3. Thus, if omega 3 to omega 6 proportions is unbalanced, it gives adverse effects to our bodies.
Did you know that chicken poop is one of the primary ingredients in ranch fish feed. Do you really want to eat chicken poop on your fish? Because if you bought it from the store, you basically are.
CREDITS: DANIFIED | Healthy Food Team