Now, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love seafood. My meals almost always contain either a seafood appetizer or my main course itself is seafood. If you share my enthusiasm, then you obviously have noticed the latest surge in tilapia in the seafood market. Tilapia has become widely available in the United States and therefore, has become a part of a staple meal for most Americans. The reason for its sudden surge and popularity can be attributed to its relatively low cost.
However, I regret to inform my fellow seafood enthusiasts out there that tilapia isn’t exactly the best fish around. The biggest problem plaguing this otherwise delicious fish is its farming. The thing is, wild tilapia is almost nonexistent. And with anything that isn’t natural the nutrition value of farmed tilapia is significantly sub-par. Why is this the case? It’s economics, basically. Industrial process used in farming fish emphasis on quantity rather than quality.
What’s so bad about farm-raised fish, you ask? Well other than the fact that they’re fed GMO corn and Soy pellets (both of which are causes of fish and human health decline) not much. The thing with GMO fed fish is on a diet of unnatural substances. Unnatural substances introduced to a living being is bound to be the root cause of various health complications. The health problems and side effects are then passed on to the consumer of the fish. Below we try and present a few risks of farmed tilapia poses:
1. Increased Cancer Risk.
It is a little-known fact that farm-raised tilapia carries up to ten times more carcinogens and pollutants than the tilapias found in the wild. The reason behind this is, as previously mentioned, the diet of farmed tilapias. It’s no secret that GMO foods are unnatural and filled with toxicity. And that toxicity is transferred to the fish which in the long run transfers onto consumers. Increasing the chances of cancer significantly. But what makes the fish feed worse is the fact that feces from animals like chicken, duck, and pig are the major ingredients it is comprised of. Eww!
2. Increased Inflammation.
With a heavy heart, we’d like to be the ones to break the news: Tilapia causes greater inflammation than a greasy burger. The inflammation caused in the body, leads to complications like asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, and more. That means farm-raised tilapia is in no way a good source of omega 3s. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Now, you’ve probably heard that fish contain a decent amount of omega-3s. Some people even eat fish as an economical substitute of omega three pills. But, if its tilapia you’re substituting your omega three pills with, then we strongly urge you to consider the facts and change your habit. It may just be doing you worse than good.
3. Increased Exposure to Pesticides And Antibiotics.
When industrially producing any sort of product, it is common sense to make the product strong enough to last the manufacturing process. With inanimate things, this is actually beneficial for the consumer. Because this process ensures that the end product is reliable and durable. But when talking about living things, that is where perspective changes. To mass produce a species of animal, it is crucial to ensure the maximum survivability. And when considering maximum survivability artificial chemicals to aid in the process comes into play. Farmers have been reported to use antibiotics to keep the fish alive longer, and we’ve already discussed how farmed tilapias are fed a staple toxic diet of GMO corn and soy pellets, which is bad in itself. Both these facts, combined with the horrible cramped conditions tilapias are placed in make the fish an ideal cauldron for the brewing of various diseases. These diseases are then transferred on to the consumer. After all, you are what you eat, right?
With what we’ve mentioned above, it must be clear that tilapias aren’t exactly the best type of fish you should include in your diet. Sure there are issues prevalent in all farmed fished and animals, but due to the affordability of tilapia, it has become one of the most popular fishes out in the market these days. And because of its popularity, the complications associated with it is also becoming more and more common. This just goes to show you that cheap things aren’t necessarily good things. So, when it comes to buying fish: if you can’t catch one yourself then at least buy one from your local farmer who catches wild fish. And try to say no to farmed fish in general. There’s just nothing that beats the purity of a fish straight out of nature.
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