Avoid Tilapia Shrimps And Other Farmed Fish

Avoid tilapia and farm raised fish!

Tilapia has now become the most popular fish in America and in many other countries.

Avoid tilapia and all farmed fish!

It’s cheap, doesn’t taste fishy, is boneless and skinless, and it’s hard to mess it up by overcooking, which is a problem with a great many other fish varieties.

Which Fish Are Most Commonly Farmed?

The most commonly farm-raised fish are:

Tilapia, salmon, sea bass, catfish, and cod.

So What’s Wrong With Eating Tilapia And Other Farmed Fish

The problem is, that tilapia and many other fish that are served and sold today are almost always farmed fish.

And it’s unlikely that you will you find wild tilapia, in particular, in any store or on any restaurant menu.

The farming is usually done on an industrial scale, with thousands of fish being harvested every day.

Their diet is not natural.
In the wild, tilapia eat algae and lake plants.
Farms fatten up the fish on GMO corn and soy pellets.
The amount of fish oils in them is almost non-existent, which is one of the main things that makes fish so healthful.

Wild Compared To Farmed Fish

Fish can either be one of the best foods for you or can be detrimental to your health depending on where it is sourced.

There is a world of difference between fish that is caught in the wild, and farm-bred and raised fish.

What Are The Dangers?

People who are eating more fish as a way to get their dose of omega-3-fatty-acids and lessen their risk of heart attacks, may want to hold off on the tilapia.

Scientists have found that the inflammatory potential of tilapia is far greater than that of a hamburger or bacon!

You knew that bacon is very unhealthful, but I bet you never thought that some farmed fish is even more dangerous to your health.

Recent studies indicate that eating Tilapia may worsen inflammation that can lead to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and a world of other serious health problems.

And farmed salmon may have at least 10 times the amount of cancer causing organic pollutants compared to the wild variety.

The above can most likely be attributed to the food that is given to farm raised fish and farm-bred fish, which has high concentrations of antibiotics and pesticides.

Apparently, chicken feces is one of the main ingredients that go into farm fish feed, along with pig and duck waste.

How About The Antibiotics?

The crowded conditions of fish farms cause the fish to be more susceptible to the spread of diseases, so farm owners give them antibiotics to stave off diseases.

Farm-bred fish are also treated with pesticides to combat sea lice and the pesticides used to treat these fish are so deadly that they have been caused to kill wild salmon that were accidentally exposed to them.

These pesticides are also eventually released in the ocean where they get into the bodies and systems of other marine life.

And Dibutylin?

Dibutylin is a chemical used in PVC plastics, and its level is said to be six times higher in farm-raised mussels compared to wild ones.

Dibutylin is toxic and can impair immune system function while also contributing to inflammation.

Dibutylin may be one of the reasons for the rise in asthma, obesity, allergies and other metabolic disorders in recent years.

Dioxin levels are eleven times higher in farm-bred salmon compared to wild salmon.

The half life of dioxin is about 7-11 years.

How About Shrimps?

Shrimps are the dirtiest of all seafood


The shrimp actually holds the designation of being the dirtiest of all seafood, says Marianne Cufone director of Food and Water Watch.

She says,

90% of shrimp sold in the U.S. is imported and imported farmed shrimp comes with a whole bevy of contaminants, antibiotics, residues from chemicals used to clean pens, filth like mouse hair, rat hair, and pieces of insects.

Still fancy having shrimp on the barbie?

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Beets And Sweet Potatoes – What A Great Combination!

Beets And Sweet Potatoes - So Healthy, So Tasty, And So Inexpensive Too!

Beets And Sweet Potatoes – So Healthy, So Tasty, And So Inexpensive Too!

Beets And Sweet Potatoes - What A Great Combination!

We already have lots of great healthy foods on the site, so I thought that maybe some great recipes would be something wonderful to add.

But don’t despair, more interesting and informative articles on which foods we should be eating, and why we should be eating them, will continually be added.

And now for a really tasty recipe.

Roasted Beetroot And Sweet Potatoes

Difficulty? Easy to Intermediate

Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


2 large beetroots
2 sweet potatoes
Olive oil but not extra virgin – use that for salads 😉
Salt to taste

Serves: 4

The Method


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Black Beans – A Super Healthful And Tasty Food

Black Beans!?

So What’s The Scoop On Black Beans?

So What's The Scoop On Black Beans?

Are Black Beans A Complete Protein Source?

Black beans aren’t a complete protein source but if you weigh 180 lbs (81 kilos) then just one cup will provide 64% of your daily recommended intake of protein

The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound.

Complete vs Incomplete Protein Sources

Your body needs twenty two different types of amino acids to function properly.

Adults can synthesize thirteen of those within the body, known as non-essential amino acids, but the other nine must be obtained from foods also known as essential amino acids.

Complete Protein Sources

Complete proteins are those that contain all essential amino acids in sufficient quantity and they are typically animal-based proteins.

Dairy products, milk, cheese, yogurt and whey

But there are some plant sources that are considered complete.

Hemp and chia seed

Incomplete Protein Sources

Incomplete proteins are those that don’t contain all nine essential amino acids, or don’t have them in sufficient quantity to meet the body’s needs, and must be supplemented with other proteins.

Incomplete protein sources include.

Nuts & seeds

But being incomplete simply means that they need to be combined with another food in order to provide the right balance of essential aminos.

Proteins that, in combination, make a complete amino acid profile are known as complementary proteins.

Complementary proteins include.

Hummus and whole-grain pitas
Spinach salad with almonds
Whole-grain noodles with peanut sauce

Black beans and rice for health

Complementary proteins don’t necessarily need to be eaten together, but your body can’t store amino acids for later use so they should be eaten close to the time that you eat an incomplete protein.

What Are The Health Benefits of Black Beans?

Cardiovascular Health

Black beans are abundant in soluble fiber, which is specifically the type of fiber that has been found very helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels.

They also contain a wide variety of both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which combat cardiovascular disease.

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection is particularly important for the cardiovascular system.

When blood vessels are exposed to excessive oxidative stress or inflammation, the risk of disease development is considerably higher.

The prevention of oxidative stress and inflammation lowers the risk of acquiring most cardiovascular diseases.

Nervous System Health

Folate, or vitamin B6, is particularly abundant in black beans and the nervous system relies on folate to produce the amino acids it needs to function.

For pregnant women a deficiency in folate can cause the improper development of the fetus’s brain and spinal cord.

And the high iron content of black beans is also particularly beneficial to pregnant women.

Digestive Tract And Colon

Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health, and particularly the colon.

The indigestible fraction (IF) in black beans has recently been shown to be larger than the IF in either lentils or chickpeas.

It has been shown to be the perfect mix of substances for allowing bacteria in the colon to produce butyric acid.

Cells lining the inside of the colon can use this butyric acid to fuel their many activities and keep the lower digestive tract functioning properly.

By delivering a greater amount of IF to the colon, black beans are able to help support this lower part of our digestive tract.

Black beans contain at least eight different flavonoids with enormous antioxidant potential and recent studies suggested considerable effectiveness against colon adenoma, a non-cancerous tumor that can progress into colon cancer.

Blood Sugar Regulation

The steady movement of protein and fiber through the digestive system allows for a measured breakdown of food into its component parts.

This even breakdown of food helps to curtail extremes regarding simple sugar uptake from the digestive tract.

An excess of simple sugar uptake all at once can produce an unwanted blood sugar spike.

A lack of simple sugar uptake may produce a rapid blood sugar drop. Either extreme can upset blood sugar balance. The quantity of fiber and protein in black beans helps avoid both extremes.


Black beans are an extremely rich source of the trace mineral molybdenum.

And molybdenum serves the useful purpose of breaking down and detoxifying sulfites found in foods like salads and wines.

Many people are sensitive to sulfites, which can cause a rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation when consumed.

Studies suggest that molybdenum deficiencies can result in impotence in older men.

Bean Soaking

It’s better to discard the water

Discarding the water the beans were soaked in means getting rid of some of the phytates and tannins that can lower nutrient availability.

It also means reducing flatulence-related substances like raffinose, up to 33% is removed along with the soaking water, and stachyose, up to 20% removed.

On the disadvantage side of things 15% of total phenols are lost, and that amount of loss is should not be of grave concern.

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Watermelon Seeds Are Super Healthy And Make A Great Snack

Watermelon Seeds Are Super Health And Make Great Snack!

Watermelon Seeds Are Super Healthy And Make A Great Snack

Watermelon Seeds Are Super Health And Make Great Snack!

The Power Of The Watermelon Seed

I have observed the power of the watermelon seed.

It has the power of drawing from the ground and through itself 200,000 times its weight.

When you can tell me how it takes this material and out of it colors an outside surface beyond the imitation of art, and then forms inside of it a white rind and within that again a red heart, thickly inlaid with black seeds, each one in turn capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times its weight.

When you can explain to me the mystery of a watermelon, then you can ask me to explain the mystery of God.

William Jennings Bryan (1860 – 1925)

Protein In Watermelon Seeds

It might surprise you, but watermelon seeds are very high in protein, and one cup of dried seeds contains 30.6g, which is 61% of the daily recommended value.


Eggs – Health – The Whole Egg Or Just The Whites?

Eggs - Health - The Whole Egg Or Just The Whites?

Eggs – The Whole Egg Or Just The Whites?

Eggs - Health - The Whole Egg Or Just The Whites?

Starting in the ’60s, eggs were reviled as a high-cholesterol food, and we were told, at most, to only eat the whites!

Fortunately for us however, that has now been proved to be not only nonsense, but also very bad advice!

The problem with eggs, as doctors and scientists saw it then, was their large amount of dietary cholesterol.

But studies published in recent years have examined the relationship between egg consumption and the risk of heart disease.

And in one review of seventeen studies with a total of 263,938 participants, no association was found between egg consumption and heart disease or stroke.

And probably all modern research has confirmed the findings.

So, Should We All Eat Whole Eggs?


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