Tuesday 5 August 2014

Why You Should Never Eat Tilapia


Fish can either be one of the best foods for you or utterly detrimental to your health depending on where it is sourced. There is a vast difference between fish that is caught in the wild, farm-bred or farm-raised fish. Tilapia is almost entirely a farmed fish but as it is cheap, boneless and skinless is has now almost become an everyday fish for us in America.
The farming of Tilapia is usually done on an industrial scale, with thousands of fish being harvested every day. If found in the wild, tilapia would eat algae and lake plants, but the way they are farmed gives them nothing natural in their diet. They are fattened up on soy pellets and GMO corn thus producing a fish containing virtually no healthy fish oil – the main reason we are all encouraged to eat plenty fish in our diets. 

1. Recent Studies showed that farm-raised Tilapia may lead to more inflammation. This can then lead to heart disease, arthritis, asthma as well as other serious health problems. Many of us turn to fish as a way to increase our intake of omega-3-fatty-acids and thus lessen our risk of heart attacks. However, scientists have found that the inflammatory potential of tilapia is in fact far greater than that of a hamburger or pork bacon!

2. Farmed fish have been found to contain more than 10 times the amount of dangerous cancer causing organic pollutants compared to wild fish. This is most probably linked to the cocktail of chemicals and gmo ingredients that farmed fish are fed on. Research has proven that one of the main ingredients in farm fish food is, shocklingly, chicken faeces. In addition, pig and duck waste are also commonly used.

3. Farm-bred fish have been found to have dangerously high concentrations of antibiotics and pesticides. Farm fed fish are treated with high doses of antibiotics as they are very susceptible to many diseases owing to the intensity of such crowded farming. In addition they are given pesticides to protect them from sea lice. These pesticides are so toxic that they have been fatal to wild salmon that are accidentally exposed to them. Eventually, through the digestion systems of these farmed fish, those same toxic pesticides eventually find their way into the ocean at large thus contaminating other marine life.

4. Farm-bred fish contain far lower levels of healthy nutrients than wild or organically farmed fish. So far from being a good source of omega-3 fatty acids for us, the omega-3 that these fish contain is actually not processed in our bodies in the same way as from wild fish so is not nutritionally beneficial. The protein levels are also lower as well as a far higher fat content, mainly caused by the lack of movement that is allowed to these intensively raised fish who are usually kept in huge numbers in cages.

5. Dioxin levels are up to 11 times higher in farm-bred fish when compared to wild fish. Dioxin is actually a very toxic chemical that has been shown to be a contributory factor in cancer and other serious health complications. When dioxins enters our bodies its toxic effects can go on causing damage as it has a half life of between 7-11 years so remains in our bodies causing potential damage long after we have ingested it.
Fish can be an incredible health building food if you eat with wild caught fish. Please choose the source of your fish carefully and pass this information on.

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