There are many indications that this fish is farm-raised in pretty bad and inconvenient conditions in China, but it is still one of the most consumed fish in America.
One of the main reasons for this is the fact that this fish is cheap and can be purchased without skin and bones. Another reason is that it is pretty tasty.
We are talking about tilapia fish, and the problem with it refers to its origin.
The majority of this type of fish on the market is not wild, but it is raised on farms instead. Farm-raised tilapia is served in the restaurants as well. Every day, thousands of fish are being harvested.
Do you know what the difference between farm-raised and wild tilapia is? Wild tilapia feeds on plants and algae and harvested tilapia feeds on soy pellets and GMO corn. Wild tilapia contains a lot of healthy fish oil, while farm-raised tilapia does not. Here is why farm-raised tilapia is bad and unhealthy.
Harvested tilapia can cause inflammation. Moreover, it can make an existing inflammation process (such as arthritis, heart diseases, and asthma) even worse. One cannot get the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, useful against heart diseases from this type of fish. We can even say that tilapia is often the major cause of inflammations, which makes it even worse than bacon or hamburgers.
Cancer Causing Pollutants
Farm-raised tilapia is much more exposed to different cancer-causing toxins than wild tilapia, even ten times more. Did you know that farm-raised tilapia is fed on chicken poop among other things? When it comes to fish food processing, even duck and pig waste is used.
Higher Pesticides and Antibiotics
Farm-raised fish is full of pesticides and antibiotics. The reason behind this is that these fish are bred in crowds, which makes them more susceptible to different diseases. This is why people who raise them give them antibiotics in order to keep them healthy. They also use pesticides for combating the sea lice, but you should know that these pesticides are so harmful that kill even a wild salmon. When they release these substances in the sea, they also negatively impact the entire sea fauna and flora.
Low Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratios
Harvested tilapia has much lower nutrient content compared to the wild tilapia. For instance, the omega-3 fatty acids in harvested tilapia are not as useful as the omega-3 fatty acids in wild tilapia. Wild tilapia is also much higher in proteins. The fact that harvested tilapia is bred in big pools and fed on processed food tells us it is much fattier and contains much more omega-6 fatty acids. If one consumes omega-6 fatty acids in great quantities, one might get inflammation, as these fatty acids significantly contribute to it.
High Dioxin Levels
In addition, farm-raised tilapia is higher in dioxin, even up to eleven times, than wild tilapia. These substances are toxic and can even lead to cancer development. What is even worse is that when one takes in dioxin into their body, they would need a pretty long time to eliminate it, which is about seven to eleven years.
Taking in consideration all of these facts and the fact how harmful farm-bred tilapia is, we strongly recommend that you avoid this wish and replace it with wild tilapia or some other, healthier fish.