The world as we know today homes more than 800 million chronic malnourished people. This is a serious issue, especially when human’s population doesn’t show any sign of decreasing, being predicted that by 2050 we will be 9.6 billion. At the same time, the natural resources our planet offers are not unlimited, and the majority is being either over-exploited or poisoned.
The world needs to eat. Every day.
There are several good reasons why Tilapia may help this issue to vanish.
It’s cheap, it’s abundant, it has a good source of lean protein and although it’s not rich in omega-3 fatty acids like you find in salmon .
There is no doubt that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for your health. They can lower triglyceride levels in your blood and ease the joint pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis. They might even help with depression, asthma, ADHD, Alzheimer's and dementia. It even appears that one omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, may be important to developing infants.
A single four ounce serving of tilapia contains about 200 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids. Similar amounts can be found in cod, haddock, mahi mahi and yellowfin tuna. Even shrimp, lobster and scallops can deliver 200 milligrams of omega-3 per serving.
In comparison, tilapia contains 3 parts of omega-3 to 4 parts of omega-6, or 3:4. Again, were only talking about a single food item. Almonds, pecans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds contain far more omega-6 per serving than tilapia, as do most cooking oils, salad dressings and mayonnaise. And it wouldn't be fair to leave out the fact that beef ribs, lamb, milk, cheese, butter, chicken thighs, turkey and pork are all higher in omega-6 than tilapia. And as if that wasn't enough, you can include french fries, onion rings, sandwiches and tuna to the list of foods higher in omega-6 than tilapia. And finally, corn chips, cheese puffs, potato chips (including reduced fat), tortilla chips, brownies, blueberry muffins, graham crackers and even Twix Bars. Which all makes one wonder why every year there's another minor-celebrity guest on Dr. Oz telling everyone that tilapia is bad for your health.
Here are plenty of benefits Tilapia gives you, besides the ones described above. As a low-fat and low calories fish, Tilapia is very nutritive for seniors and people who suffer from chronic diseases, it reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels, it improves our immune system and prevents our body from aging through cell reparation. It also helps reducing weight as the calorie burning process is boosted and the metabolic activity is properly maintained. Last but not least, all these factors contribute to fight obesity. The risk of Osteoporosis can decrease due to Tilapia’s richness in vitamins, minerals and proteins that have a role in building healthier bones.
Tilapia is among the most affordable options to increase fish consumption and no more considered as “the junk food of the sea” or “worse than doughnuts and bacon”. These misinformed suggestions were broken after more than a dozen doctors met in an international coalition and clarified that tilapia is evidently part of a healthy diet. Today there is no doubt that “there’s absolutely no reason to trash tilapia.”