Posted by: dwjmcneil | November 29, 2007

Benifit vs. Risks of Eating Tilapia

From: Mayo-Clinic (Tools for healthier lives)

What are the health benefits of eating fish?

“…Fish is generally low in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, making it a good overall substitute for poultry and meat. It’s also a good source of protein and several vitamins and …”

“… are also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s appear to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease. They may also protect against irregular heartbeats and …”

What are the health risks of eating fish?

“…Some types of fish may contain significant amounts of contaminants, such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins or other chemical pollutants. Fish acquire these toxins from pollutants in lakes, rivers and oceans…” 

Hopefully, these illnesses should not be a problem in a closed system. Tilapias are considered to be a “clean fish,” that means less problems. But if your not eating out of your own pond, it needs to be organic.



  1. Excellent recommendations. People should be aware of both the risks and benefits of seafood. The decision of what fish to eat can be a challenge and often contradictory. At the very least, people should know that FDA and EPA have issued advisories about mercury contamination in commonly-sold fish. The problem is, this information is hard to find and is not usually available where it is most necessary: your supermarket.

    Oceana, a conservation group, is trying to get major grocery companies to post this government advice at their seafood counters. Thanks, in part to their work, Whole Foods, Safeway stores, and Wild Oats voluntarily agreed to post the FDA’s recommendations and they have had positive responses from customers and no loss in seafood sales. But other companies like Costco and Giant Eagle have refused to do so. Oceana has a list of which companies care about their customers’ health enough to post this advice, as well as a list of companies that don’t. You can get the Green List and Red List at their website.

  2. I didn’t realize the amout of the stores that didn’t have my same concernes. Mercury is no joke!!

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