Seafood can be a great source of protein and vitamins. But there’s one fish health experts are warning consumers to stay far away from – tilapia.
It’s the most popular farmed fish across the United States, thanks in large part to its affordability.
But not only is it just about void of all nutrients you’d expect from seafood – it’s also really bad for you. How bad? ‘Worse than bacon’ bad.
Here’s a rundown on what makes tilapia so awful.
Reason #1 – Tilapia Contains Few Nutrients
Researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine released a report on the omega-3 fatty acid content in popular fish. Tilapia scored far lower than most other fish on the list.
Omega-3 fatty acids give fish most of their benefits, including Alzheimer’s risk reduction.
What this fish contains lots of is omega-6 fatty acids, which are terrible for you.
The quantity of omega-6 in tilapia gives one serving of the fish higher inflammatory potential than a hamburger or bacon.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Reason #2 – Tilapia Could Cause Alzheimer’s
One of the omega-6 fatty acids in tilapia goes by the name of arachidonic acid – a compound which significantly increases the type of inflammatory damage that precedes Alzheimer’s.
So while eating healthy fish like mackerel, halibut and sardines would reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, this fish actually increases it.