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"tilapia: the fish that is as BAD for you as BACON"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Could someone please make sense of this article for me? I like tilapia because of its versatility, but reading this has made me think twice about purchasing. Can anyone decipher whether or not I should be worried about my tilapia consumption?

http://www.wtop.com/267/2576414/Tilapia-The-fish-that-is-as-bad-for-you-as-bacon

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on September 10, 2013
at 03:06 PM

You don't think there are dead animals, scum, and trash in the ocean where our wild-caught salmon comes from?

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on September 10, 2013
at 02:26 PM

When I traveled to Guatemala (one of the top exporting countries of Tilapia), I saw the holding tanks where they raised the tilapia. There were dead animals near it, trash floating in the water, and scum bobbing on top of it--believe me, you don't want to eat that. In my opinion, it's worth saving your money for better quality fish.

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on September 10, 2013
at 01:42 AM

It's worry over nothing though.

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on February 17, 2013
at 09:23 AM

yea more good points than u've ever had u damn clown

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:52 AM

Wait...so its as good for me as bacon?

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:58 PM

This seems about right. Thanks.

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Avoid omega-6 entirely though? Robb Wolf says bacon and eggs is the healthiest breakfast. One of paleo's founding principles is that one can never eat too much bacon and eggs!

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:34 PM

Wow the site has really been inundated with Ray Peat followers as of late. Is Peatarians.com down or something? (This is said in gest because I think Ray Peat has some good points)

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:32 PM

Hey this is paleohacks: The place where irrational food fears are the norm

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:16 PM

You should definitely worry a lot about what you eat (friendly sarcasm).

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:51 PM

Tilapia is a cheap farmed fish that is high in omega 6. In fish farming operations, tilapia are put in a tank after other, more desireable fish are removed in order to eat the waste products left over. "As bad as bacon" is about right, but not in the way they intended. Don't eat tilapia thinking that you are eating fatty fish and getting omega 3, you aren't. If you eat bacon (also high in omega 6), there is no reason to worry about eating tilapia occasionally. Tilapia is probably about as benign as bacon. Not a "superfood", but also not a toxic poison.

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:58 PM

This seems about right. Thanks.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

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on September 10, 2013
at 02:26 PM

When I traveled to Guatemala (one of the top exporting countries of Tilapia), I saw the holding tanks where they raised the tilapia. There were dead animals near it, trash floating in the water, and scum bobbing on top of it--believe me, you don't want to eat that. In my opinion, it's worth saving your money for better quality fish.

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:51 PM

I was told at one time that most Tilapia is raised and thrives in highly polluted waters, mostly drainage systems. None that we see in the USA is "wild caught", it's one of the highest farm raised fish available, along with catfish. Tilapia is easy to raise, hearty and can withstand terrible living conditions which makes it a very affordable food source for us which is why you've seen such a rise in it's availability in stores and "dinner specials" at a lot of restaurants. It's profitable for them to sell. I avoid it.

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:32 PM

Sounds like general "paleo" advice--avoid stuff with tons of O6, like animals fed crappy diets. Source your food to the best of your ability. If you can afford to buy top-quality grass-fed beef (or wild-caught fish), buy it. If not, look for the next-best thing that you can find/afford. I would say it's probably not worth really stressing over--maybe don't go crazy with tilapia, but if it's something you enjoy, it's certainly not worse than Twinkies...

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Avoid omega-6 entirely though? Robb Wolf says bacon and eggs is the healthiest breakfast. One of paleo's founding principles is that one can never eat too much bacon and eggs!

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:30 PM

talapia in addition to all fatty fish are high in polyunsaturated fats which are inflammatory to the body...

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:34 PM

Wow the site has really been inundated with Ray Peat followers as of late. Is Peatarians.com down or something? (This is said in gest because I think Ray Peat has some good points)

Ba0268a02c02863642b1394852566ab6

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on February 17, 2013
at 09:23 AM

yea more good points than u've ever had u damn clown

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on September 10, 2013
at 05:08 PM

I get it, it's not the best fish, but you're certainly not going to keel over from having it.

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on September 10, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I'm so baking my tilapia wrapped in bacon now

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on September 10, 2013
at 02:19 PM

The concern over omega-6s in tilapia is rather silly I think. Tilapia aren't a fatty fish to begin with. 4 ounces of tilapia has around 2 grams of fat (versus say, salmon at 7 grams). The composition is even biased further from PUFA than salmon (tilapia are from the tropics, salmon are cold-water species).

Just making mountains out of molehills really.

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on September 10, 2013
at 01:33 AM

I read this AFTER I purchased my tilapia for dinner because there were no scallops at the market. :(

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 10, 2013
at 01:42 AM

It's worry over nothing though.

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