The tilapia fish resides in freshwater lakes in Africa. It has been brought to other parts of the world too and has been raised in fish farms. It breeds fast, just like chicken and it is quite affordable as a result of its abundant supply.

Recently, some Brazilian doctors have used the Tilapia fish to treat skin burns.

Among the most consumed seafood, tilapia is the 4th most consumed fish in the U.S. A serving of tilapia fish (3 ounces) contains 20 g proteins, 110 calories, 1 g saturated fat, 115 mg of DHA + EPA and 2,5 g total fat.

However, the latest research has shown that there are some detrimental consequences on human health due to the consumption of this fish. Here are the main reasons why you should stop consuming it:

It contains harmful fat

Wild tilapias feed on algae and water plants. However, the farm-raised tilapias consume soy pellets and corn which can lead to putting on weight in no time. In that way, they get fat but lack the fatty acids that are beneficial for humans. Instead, they contain a large amount of omega-6 fatty acids which are linked to neural inflammatory damage.

It is filled with chemicals

Farm-raised tilapias are exposed to pesticides and they are also given antibiotics. They are found to contain a chemical known as dibutyltin, which is used in PVC plastics. This substance is linked to asthma, allergies, obesity, and other metabolic disorders.

Tilapia fish eats animal feces

Farm-raised tilapias usually end up eating animal manure. Some reports say that tilapias farmed in China are made to eat the waste matter of geese and pigs.

It may cause cancer

Tilapias raised in some mismanaged farms contain a high level of dioxin, which is a cancerous chemical. If dioxin enters the human body it takes up to 11 years to get removed from the body.

Here are the healthier alternatives to tilapia which are richer in omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Cod
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Herring
  • Red snapper
  • Sardines