Does Tilapia Contain Omega 3?

Author: Staff Writer
Tilapia DOES contain omega-3 but only in modest amounts.

If you are adding fish to your diet to increase your omega-3 intake, tilapia is not your optimal choice. Tilapia contains less than one gram for every one-hundred grams of fish, which is low in contrast to salmon and trout that contain three to four grams.

More alarming, researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine report that farmed raised tilapia may even be potentially dangerous to patients suffering from asthma, arthritis, heart disease, or any condition that is "vulnerable to an exaggerated inflammatory response" due to its excessively high concentration of Omega-6.

What Is Omega-6?

Omega-6 is essential for normal growth and development. Omega-6 plays a role in brain function, promotes hair growth and healthy skin, regulates the metabolism, and plays a role in maintaining reproductive health. The dilemma for most is that though healthful, too much can be dangerous especially in those with conditions that are sensitive to inflammation.


Works Cited

Science Daily
Popular Fish, Tilapia, Contains Potentially Dangerous Fatty Acid Combination

University of Maryland Medical Center
Omega-6 fatty acids

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