Tilapia - health wonder or "worse than bacon"?

Tilapia - health wonder or "worse than bacon"?

Tilapia has been gaining popularity as the second-most commercially-farmed fish in the world behind salmon, but is it actually good for you? 

The answer is not black and white. While it's not the best choice if you’re looking for a lot of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, it's been called "worse than bacon" due to its omega-6 fat content. 

Berkeley Wellness steps in to bust this myth. "It’s nonsensical to say tilapia is worse than bacon simply because it has more omega-6s. The problem with bacon is not its omega-6s (which are low anyway), but rather its saturated fat, calories, and sodium."

Either way, tilapia has very little fat—2 to 3 grams per serving, of which less than 0.2 grams is omega-3s (in contrast, both wild and farmed salmon have more than 1.5 grams of omega-3s per serving). Farmed tilapia is particularly low in omega-3s.

If you'd rather get your omega-3s from safe plant proteins, here's one to consider: Lifestream V Omega-3 45 Capsules.

 Read more about tilapia and make up your own mind here.

 

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