Fish is a low-fat food and a significant source protein that has many health benefits. However, its sources today makes fish either be the best food for you or detrimental to your health. There is a difference between fish that is caught in the wild and farm-raised fish. And this is what we will be talking about!
The most common farm-bred fish are salmon, catfish, swai, “sea” bass, cod, and tilapia. Tilapia, in particular, is the most common in aquaculture and aquaponics across Asia, Mexico, Central America and the U.S. Its tolerance of stocking density and adaptability makes it grow quickly. It looks like there’s no danger at all. But what are the exact dangers of eating farm-bred fish?
1. Farm-raised tilapia may cause more inflammation
In the U.S, farm-raised tilapia is widely available but it is also expensive. Experts found out that eating tilapia may worsen inflammation, which can lead to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and a world of other serious health problems. A scientist from Wake Forest University has found that the inflammatory potential of tilapia is far greater than that of a hamburger or pork bacon. Therefore, this fish should be avoided.
2. Farmed salmon may cause c****r.
Salmon is delicious and healthy, but farm-raised salmon is not. It is believed that farmed salmon may have at least 10 times the amount of c****r-causing organic pollutants compared to those in the wild.
3. Farm-bred fish have excessive concentrations of antibiotics and pesticides
Due to the crowded situation of fish farms, fish are more prone to diseases. To keep them alive, farm owners give antibiotics to the fish. Farm-bred fish like Chinese tilapia are also treated with pesticides to combat sea lice.
4. Farm-bred fish have lower levels of healthy nutrients.
May of us resorted to fish to get omega-3 fatty acid benefits. But what don’t is, farm-raised fish has a low nutrient level content. Also, because they are caged, farm-bred fish have the tendency to get fatter and can have a higher concentration of omega-6 acid, that may cause inflammation.
5. Farm-raised fish have higher dibutyltin levels
Dibutylin is a chemical used in PVC plastics. This toxic chemical can impair immune system function and inflammation. Dibutylin may be the reason as to why there is a rise in asthma, obesity, allergies, and other metabolic disorders.
6. Farm-bred fish has 11 times higher of dioxin.
Dioxin is a very toxic chemical that can contribute to c****r and other complications. According to the Environmental Working Group, the “first-ever tests of farmed salmon from U.S. grocery stores show that farmed salmon are likely the most [dioxin-like]
PCB-contaminated protein source in the U.S. food supply.”
7. Excessive mercury levels
In a study by Dr. J.K. McCrary published in the Environmental Pollution journal, total mercury concentrations in the water and fish of Lake Managua and Lake Apoyo were measured. A considerable one-fourth of the commercially fished tilapia in Lake Managua exceeded maximum recommended mercury levels for consumption among pregnant women and other at-risk groups. As a result, the study recommended much closer mercury monitoring among freshwater fish that is meant for international commerce.
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Source: DR. AXE