Dr. Andrew Weil Urges You Not to Eat Tilapia

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The avuncular, bearded hippie doctor who once told you to eat acid, is now telling you not to eat tilapia.

Dr. Andrew Weil, who has since established himself as a health guru with a following of millions, warns that tilapia, a farm-raised freshwater fish, is low in good fatty acids found in wild fish, and high in the fatty acids that generate mucus in the body, according to him.

Now, it's good to take any nutritional advice with a grain of salt, since the science of nutrition is still in its infancy, and nutritionists are always changing their minds when it comes to what is good and what is bad. (Remember, not too long ago, they were telling you to eat lots of margarine, rather than butter, because it's good for you?) Nevertheless, this information, correct or not, comes as a blow to the environmentally conscious, since tilapia is considered one of the few sustainably farmed fish. And the Alaska salmon he recommends instead, though not endangered, often sells for $29 a pound. You just can't win.


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anna Phillips
anna Phillips

Don't eat this and don't eat that. I say, eat, enjoy and be free!!

Yoshi Sekiguchi
Yoshi Sekiguchi

I was born in Japan and now US Citizen. SinceJapan is right on seas, my most favorite food is wild-caught fish and shellfish.I would not touch farm raised food at all.Since my primary doc. was a student of Dr. Weil, I agree his words 100%. Tilapia has some Omega-3 Oil, but it has Omega-12 Oil that is very harmful to us.Some of you recommended Trader Joe's canned salmon, but TJ's is often black-listed by FDA, so I don't trust them at all.FYI: Some seafood are raised in Japan, but not in tanks with muddy water, but in nets in open seas. All I can tell the difference is that raised ones have softer meat texture, from lack of exercise. Thanks and Happy Eating! Yoshi

kim
kim

Nick - when I used to eat fish, I also resort to TJ's canned salmon. Good quality, cheap, and it's wild-caught. You can really taste the diffence between wild and farm-raised I think.

How
How

Um, SFW? Weil is an expert on...what, exactly? I think people should listen to qualified experts, not bandwagon jumpin', new age (rhymes with "sewage") quack douchebags: http://quackwatch.org/11Ind/we...

Nick
Nick

All Alaskan salmon is Wild salmon. If you make sure the salmon is indeed from Alaska, it must be wild. Also, Trader Joe's sells canned Alaskan salmon for $2-3 a can if sardines won't cut it. Most of the fresh Alaskan salmon I've bought is from major grocery chains, including Whole Foods. You can often find it on sale for $10/lb or less (especially during July/August). Again, I have never paid over $20/lb for Alaskan salmon.

rsietsema
rsietsema

Nick--I recommend you try to buy some at Citarella then, where, when it's available, the charge is $29 per pound. On the other hand, at least when you buy it there, you're assured it is wild salmon, rather than salmon that is, say, farm raised, and then released temporarily into the "wild."

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fish oil omega3

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Nick
Nick

I have been eating Alaskan salmon for years & have never once paid $29 a pound no matter what part of the country Im in. The most Ive paid is $15/ LB. Sardines cost $2 a tin and are one of the healthiest fish you can buy. Yes you can win. All it takes is a little more research!

rsietsema
rsietsema

I find that, like other freshwater fish (catfish, carp), it has a muddy taste, which is why Chinese and Souteast Asians serve it highly spiced or in stews and soups. I really don't mind the taste, but it certainly doesn't taste like a saltwater fish.

Rob
Rob

I prefer bullhead over catfish.

Rochelle
Rochelle

But, but .... but tilapia tastes awful!

Rochelle
Rochelle

And by awful, I mean "nothing."

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