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Friday, August 8, 2008

Farmed Tilapia worse for you than a doughnut?

What they have discovered is that farmed Tilapia is high in Omega-6 and low in Omega-3. In our Western diets we have an imbalance of too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3. Omega-3 is very high in salmon and that is why people are advised to eat salmon or take salmon oil capsules. Omega-3 reduces inflammation and Omega-6 increases inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are antithrombotic and omega-6 fatty acids increase blood clotting. Omega-3 fatty acids are non-immunoreactive whereas Omega-6 fatty acids are immunoreactive.

Here is the shocker: Apparently, farmed Tilapia have more Omega-6 fatty acids than doughnuts!!

Therefore, if one is trying to reduce inflammation, Tilapia would not be a good choice of fish. However, wild Tilapia were not studied and as we all know wild fish are the better choice over farmed fish.


Anonymous said...

The important thing to understand is that tilapia is higher ONLY in Omega-6 than bacon, doughnuts, etc, but obviously not in other types (and quantities) of fat in products mentioned in the study.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for posting! You are correct.

I think as far as fish goes, a better choice would be wild salmon. :-)