Fishes are really good for the health because they contain protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids which are supremely beneficial for human health. Caveat: not all fish is created equal. We have always heard about the dangers of mercury and other heavy metals in fish. But a trivial issue is farmed fish. It is certainly unlike than wild fish in many ways.
A vast majority of tilapia sold in the U.S. is raised on farms from China and this is the main reason it’s so inexpensive. It is now a fish of choice due to its accessibility and mild flavor. Here is the reality of life on a fish farm: Fish are fed stuff they would never meet in the wild: duck, chicken, and pig feces, genetically-modified corn and soy, pesticides, and antibiotics. A lot of Fish are kept in cages, making them fattier than wild. Mostly Farmed tilapia has very low levels of omega-3 fatty acids but high levels of omega-6. The Wild tilapia doesn’t have this problem. A chemical named Dibutylin (DBT) is used in plastic and levels of it is used in farmed fish is six times higher than in wild varieties. DBT has been found to disturb the endocrine and immune systems in humans, causing irritation. It is conventionally said that you are what you eat.
The dioxin and PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) levels in farmed fish are much higher than in wild, apparently because of what they are fed and the dirty environment in they survive. These places of survival are the shores and pens that are the first discarding place for industrial waste. These places are known human toxins.
Imported farmed seafood
- 99% of the shrimp sold in the U.S. is imported from Asia and it is not inspected before it is sold.
- study shows that almost every farmed variety of imported fish tested contained veterinary drug residues
- Upon landing on North American shores, Food and Water Watch reports you can expect to find.
A whole bevy of contaminants: antibiotics, residues from chemical used to clean pens, filth like mouse hair, rat hair and pieces of insect.
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In certain conditions like these, it’s no wonder that the objectifiable quality of the farmed fish is much less than what is found in wild fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are much fewer, number of carcinogenic chemicals and are much greater, and there is less protein and antioxidant content.
Source: Daily Healthy Post