Tilapia is a fish commonly used by the people in USA. It is popular because of its low price, but very few are conscious of the seriousness of the health problems it can cause.
WILD TILAPIA IS OK BUT
FARM RAISED TOXIC TILAPIA HAS TAKEN OVER!
We eat the fish for its oil, but this fish almost does not contain any of it. Because of the high consumption, Tilapia is sold in huge amounts and it is also farmed. We all know how animals are being brought up on the farms. Farmed tilapia is fattened up by soy pellets and GMO corn, while the Tilapia we find in the nature eats lake plants and algae.
Here is the reason why this fish is so cheap. US farmers treat tilapia with hormones to gain size and weight in a short period of time. They do this by converting young tilapia females into males using 17alpha-methyltestosterone.
Tilapia raised on farms has a restricted area for swimming and it is abundant on food, this is the reason why it has low level of omega-3 fatty acids and increased level of fats and unhealthy omega-6. Contrary to the wild tilapia, tilapia raised on farms contains only 0.5g omega-3 acids in 100g of flesh.
Farmed fish has higher level of toxins than the wild fish because it is fed on polluted ground-up fish. It contains toxins such as PCBs, dioxin and others, which are the main reason for increasing the risk of cancer. Eating farmed tilapia is even more dangerous than eating wild salmon.
Framed tilapia is fatty and abundant in omega-6 proteins because of the limited area for swimming. It has a poor quantity of nutrients, and much lower level of proteins than the wild fish. Tilapia contains a very small amount of omega-3-acids, but they are very hard for the body to use. This means that the consumption of tilapia can lead to certain inflammations in the body.
One of the toxic substances the tilapia contains is dioxin, a poisonous chemical. This chemical may be the reason for many health issues, including the most dangerous one – cancer. It is very hard to discharge dioxin of your body, it is very persistent, and can stay in the body for a very long period of time, between 7 to 11 years. Farmed fish contains 11 times higher level of dioxin than wild fish has.
Source: Health Online Central