At Ames Family Chiropractic we want to make sure you are making the best and most educated choices you can when it comes to food. The food you eat and serve to your family is fuel for your body and if you want to live the healthiest life you can, it is important to fuel your body with healthy food.
From a young age we are programmed to believe that fish will make us healthier and smarter. There is a bit of truth in that lesson – consuming certain fish IS good for you! The omega-3 fatty acids can give your brain and body a boost. Much like anything else that you can find in your local grocery store, it is important to be educated on different varieties of food and their health risks and benefits. The quality and type of fish you consume does matter.
One of the front runners for being the least beneficial fish to eat is tilapia. In fact, tilapia barely resembles any other regular fish that you would eat at all. Tilapia is extremely cheap to breed which is why you see such a drastic price difference in the store. Sadly, the lower price tends to make it one of the most popular purchased at a grocery store.
The reason tilapia is cheap to breed is because the majority of it is grown in unnatural conditions, mostly bred in factory farms. In the wild, tilapia eat plants and algae. However, tilapia that are cultivated in factory farms eat a diet of feeds (consisting of corn and soy) and fertilizers. These farms also use a TON of chemicals in order to breed and keep the fish alive. Everything that your tilapia eats, you eat.
If you are consuming tilapia that is bred in a factory farm you are ingesting everything that it has ingested. This can cause negative effects to your body including:
What can you do?
Always check the source of your foods, including your fish! Make sure you are not consuming tilapia that is farm-bred. Wild fish are always your best option and contain all the healthy nutrients you want to get from eating fish!