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Proven Health Risks Might Urge You To Quit Eating Cultured Tilapia Immediately

Donna Marie Padua

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Tilapia is probably one of the most popular fish in the world as it is cheap to buy and real yummy to fry. It has been grown since Ancient times and since became a well-loved seafood. Tilapia was originally produced in Africa and later on raised in tropical climate countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

Tilapias that are raised in the Philippines are consumed locally. Americans and Europeans, on the other hand, love eating such fish because they consider it as “white meat”. Some chefs from different parts of the world even prefer serving tilapia because its meat is undeniably tender.

While most of us think that eating tilapia is a good idea, new findings reveal the opposite! Not all edible fishes are healthy after all. Tilapia can actually be good for the health if raised and prepared right. Otherwise, it can become a health risk.

According to some researchers, eating tilapia is not advisable for those who have heart problems.

Specialists advise their patients to eat fish for good diet. But for those who can’t afford to buy expensive ones and prefer to buy the cheaper fish like tilapia, they might actually be in more danger because of their unhealthy state.

Experts even debunked the initial belief that farm-raised tilapia is healthier than those that are grown independently elsewhere. According to SF Globe, farm-raised tilapia survive on unhealthy diet themselves like algae, corn and soy pallets. They also have very low level of beneficial Omega-3 fatty acid which is often taken to boost health. It may also increase childhood allergies and prostate cancer, or worse, contain a very high level of Omega-6 fatty acids. What’s even scarier is that they are found to have 10 times more carcinogens than those found in the wild.

Instead of eating cultured tilapia, opt for the ones found in the wild to be sure that you are free from health risks.

Omega-6 may have good health benefits. It is good for the brain, bones, skin and hair, but there are also some disadvantages of this fatty acid especially for those who are suffering from eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, diabetes and breast tenderness.

Dr. Floyd Chilton, a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said ,

“It may look like fish and taste like fish but does not have the benefits, it may be detrimental.”

While these findings are bothering tilapia lovers, there are also other specialists who claim that tilapia is not that bad for our health given certain conditions. It can still provide many nutritional benefits, depending on how they were raised, fed and prepared for meals.

Unfortunately, it’s already almost impossible to find tilapias for sale that are not cultured.

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