Dietary choices of many Americans today are unhealthy, particularly with the widespread inclusion of fried foods and red meat in the diet. In such a scenario, the fact that more people now include tilapia fish in their diet should come as good news. So popular is this variety of fish that it has often been called as the ‘chicken of the sea.’
In 2012, farmed tilapia found more takers than beef in the US, with their respective sales being 66 million tons and 63 million tons. By 2016, its per capita consumption among Americans had increased to 1.18 pound. This has largely been possible because marketers have been busy pushing it as a safe and healthy food option. Let’s analyze all the claims made by the proponents of this belief.
An unhealthy choice
Some nutrition experts are now concerned about the increasing consumption of tilapia, which they deem to be an unhealthy choice. Research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2008 declared tilapia is a more unhealthy choice than bacon! Unlike other species of fish, it is not heart healthy at all. Regular consumption can make one vulnerable to cardiac diseases, cancer, and other ailments.
Poor nutritional value
An article in the New York Times revealed that tilapias are not a terrific choice for someone looking for the famed omega-3 fatty acids from their fish. Sample this: it has 135 milligrams of healthy fats per portion, as compared to 2,000 milligrams in a portion of salmon. Now, let us not forget that the omega-3 fatty acids and fish oils are the very reasons why doctors recommend fish as a healthy dietary choice.