Tilapia has now become the most popular fish in America and in many other countries.
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.
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?
The shrimp actually holds the designation of being the dirtiest of all seafood, says Marianne Cufone director of Food and Water Watch.
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.