Tilapia is America’s universal go-to for fish. It’s inexpensive, it lacks a particularly fishy taste, it’s boneless, skinless, and you really can’t mess it up overcooking it. But could there be a dark side to tilapia? Forget the foreshadowing. Yes.
In the wild, tilapia eat a delicious diet of algae and various plants, but most of the tilapia in the store doesn’t come from the wild – they come from factory farms. At these farms, tilapia are fed an unnatural, unhealthy diet of GMO corn and soy pellets. But what’s the big deal?
For starters, farm-raised tilapia has been shown to cause aggravation in the body like asthma, joint inflammation, coronary disease, and a host of other problems. Tilapia has been found to be even more disastrous for your health than some of the more notorious meats like beef and pork.
Additionally, farmed fish contain ten times the normal amount of carcinogenic, or cancer causing, agents as fish found in the wild. It’s no different for tilapia. Plus, chicken poop is one of the primary ingredients in ranch fish feed. Do you really want to eat chicken sh*t in your fish? Because if you buy it from the store, you basically are.
Farm-bred fish also have higher amounts of pesticides in them. These pesticides are used to treat the fish for infections while being farmed and often remains contained in their bodies after harvesting.
Most concerning is the high level of Dioxin in farmed fish. Dioxin is a lethal substance that, once in your system, can take up to a decade to leave your body. Dioxin levels are 11 times higher in farmed fish than in wild fish.
So next time you’re at the store, it might be best for you to leave the tilapia on the shelf.