Is Tilapia good for you? 3 Fish to eat instead of Tilapia is an in-depth look into the truth about Tilapia and the many misconceptions that surround it. Learn how this fish is farmed and the top reasons why you should consider avoiding it. Find out 3 healthy fish alternatives that you can add to your diet to increase nutritional value and maximize your Omega-3’s. Get more great tips from Thomas at http://www.ThomasDeLauer.com -The third most consumed fish in the US, tilapia has unfortunately been tainted by farming and feeding practices. It is the most popular farmed fish in the US (1) -Farmed fish problem - farmed fish are bad for the environment and for our health. They are fed corn, soy and antibiotics. They are even fed hormones such as testosterone (1). What we consume is not lost, it is passed onto us. -Tilapia are easy to farm as they breed easily and will consume these unnatural foods, and easy to sell as they taste bland and thus many people will eat them (1). -Less than 5% of the farmed tilapia we consume comes from within the US. China and Latin America are the main locations for farmed tilapia, and their standards are not up to par. Fish are raised in crowded areas and harm local environments, such as lakes (1) -When we are told to eat fish, it is largely due to the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA and EPA. In our Western diet we have too low omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio, leading to a number of health problems. -A 2008 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics looked at the fatty acid profile of four commonly farmed fish including tilapia. It found low levels of omega-3s, high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, high saturated fat and monounsaturated fat, and low DHA and EPA levels. These findings suggest that these fish have a makeup which is accepted to be inflammatory, which is very bad for our health (2). -While high in protein, tilapia’s fat profile makes it the opposite of good for your heart. Three Fish to Eat Instead of Tilapia When shopping for fish, wild-caught are usually the way to go. When shopping for wild-caught fish, looking for fish lower on the food chain is better to avoid environmental toxins. To be environmentally conscious, looks for fish certified by the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) (3). If you buy farmed fish, be sure it states the fish were raised without hormones or antibiotics, not treated with synthetic herbicides, were farmed in low-density pens/tanks and that they were fed a natural diet (3). 1. US Haddock - has moderate mercury and is sustainably fished (4) a. With similar protein content, higher iron and lower saturated fat, wild-caught US haddock is a good alternative (5) 2. California and Pacific Halibut - moderate mercury levels and is sustainably fished (4) . With similar protein content and mild taste, higher iron, Vitamin A, iron and lower saturated fat, wild-caught halibut can replace tilapia in most recipes (5) 3. Alaska Cod - moderate mercury levels and is sustainably fished (4) . With roughly equal protein content per gram, lower saturated fat and higher potassium, cod is flakey and delicious (5) .Note: When possible, eating oily fish high in omega-3 fatty acids is the way to go. Try wild Alaskan salmon, Pacific sardines and black cod. References: 1. Another side of tilapia, the perfect factory fish http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/science/earth/02tilapia.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2 2. The content of favorable and unfavorable polyunsaturated fatty acids found in commonly eaten fish http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18589026 3. Which Fish are the Safest and Healthiest to Eat http://greenopedia.com/healthy-sustainable-fish/ 4. EDF Seafood Selector http://seafood.edf.org/guide/ok 5. Fish and Shellfish Nutritional Composition http://www.seafoodhealthfacts.org/seafood-nutrition/healthcare-professionals/fish-and-shellfish-nutrient-composition Subscribe to the Thomas DeLauer Channel Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/thetdelauer?sub_confirmation=1
M. M.: Forget the nutritional issues with Tilapia, once you have been to the Salton Sea you will never want to eat it ever again! I cringe when I see Tilapia at the fish counter.
puerto58: Love your videos and most of the stuff you said it is true. But I do want to mention that there's farmers that race Tilapia in a very safe and healthy way like myself through Aquaponics, where we filtrate water thru the roots of vegetable crops and use rain water to replenish our system and try to be very conscientious of what we're doing and feeding our fish to provide the best food possible. Placing a negative spot light on farm raise tilapia as a hole is truly unfair to those of us that are trying,(like you) to provide healthy alternatives and better diet in a renewable way.
Gerardo moncada g: You are only talking about bad raise tilapia.
I eat tilapia from a clean river and its awesome
Reeling N' Revving: I still eat it lol from local ponds
yogiyoda: "They catch it in season when it tastes the best." Ha ha, do you think fish taste different at different times of the year? They're not fruit.
Will Gaban: I don't think you are giving an accurate narrative. Not all farms are the same. I have seen farm with good system where they water go through a filtration system keeping the water in good quality and they feed the fish with organic food source. The fish grow healthy without your implication of antibiotics and etc. So I think it depends on the quality of the farm that raised these fish.
Rene Mieres: I catch my own fish redfish,sheephead,snapper ,black drum, trigger fish,blue fish. government puts to many chemical in our food that's why we develop cancer.
Tammy Dunigan: birthday presents
ronald craig: wild fish is better for you
bipola telly: it's fowl! i mean, foul!
Lolita Soares: Tilapia is gross anyway.
Reginald Roberts: New to your channel and glad I found you. I hope to get myself in shape with your help
merkemal xbox360: tilapia is the best for you if you raise your own and run aquaponics that's the healthiest for you grow your own food grow your
Eris Agraviador: For me the only sensible things you said is the how they farmed or grown Tilapia. Its not the TILAPIA/Fish the problem its How some people doing something....... Blah Blah Blah
Melanie Gibson: Be cautious about buying frozen fish until you read the label and see what is actually in it. The best is just fish that is wild caught and frozen right there on the ship, without any other crap like preservatives and extra sodium in it. And then I try not to think about what might really be inside the fish itself, because it's gotten to the point that almost everything you eat has been messed with somehow.
Yolandaz NostalgicTv: This is an awesome video; very informative. I like how you also mentioned alternative fish.
Yolandaz NostalgicTv: Great video
Shyam Sunder Reddy: these Westerners are so much obsessed with protein food...........finally they get protein disease called cancer
Forest Whetstone: search out a local aquaponics Farm and you'll see how well those people take care of their fish
edwardo nahinahi: What about all the radiation in the ocean from Fukushima? Radioactive tainted fish.
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