In today’s age, there is a lot of talk about food sourcing, nutrition and — most importantly — the best sources of protein. There are arguments across the board from all types perspectives: vegans, pescatarians, carnivores, fruitarians and vegetarians all have their point of view. They all want their point of view to be the best point of view (in other words, the right point of view).
I certainly do not want to open that door or travel down that path. Instead, let’s look at five dietary items and discuss what the numbers tell us. Four of the items are very popular protein sources and one of them is just — well, yummy.
Let’s start with Clean Tilapia which has 21 grams of protein. Not bad when you consider that to get 21 grams from Clean Tilapia you only have to consume roughly 2.2 grams of fat. With that you are looking at a very hefty amount of *zero* grams of carbs. (Crazy, I know) If you are eating tilapia from Ecuador, you are eating a whopping 90 calories towards your daily limit. To clarify, most chicken available is over double the calories without skin.
Let’s take a closer look at chicken. Don’t let me fool you — I like chicken and I eat it frequently. It has over 30 grams of protein and it tastes like whatever I cook it in. I will continue to eat chicken for the rest of my life. However, switching out 2-3 meals a week to tilapia saves me calories, lowers my fat intake and — because I do not buy organic chicken — it cuts out the possibility of me eating meat full of antibiotics, growth promoters and God knows what else.
Beef — I love me some steak. I love large steaks that are bloody as Hell and if I can lather them in salt or butter, I am in heaven. But while I love it, I cannot eat it prepared that way and I cannot eat it more than once a week. Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s the cost, maybe it’s my age (as I’m 40), but once a week is all I can do and what I will continue to do until my doctor tells me I can’t. While that beef is yielding just under 30 grams of protein, it pays the heavy price of 17.5 grams of fat. The total calories may vary from cut to cut; however, 85 percent lean ground beef has roughly 284 calories. The numbers are starting to tell a story.
Chips are obviously out of the running as a super protein but I included them anyway cause who doesn’t love chips?
As a choosetarian (I choose to eat whatever I want) and a former vegetarian, I can tell you not only is cheese my favorite, but it is my first choice always. I also know that while it is a good source of protein, it comes very high in fat and — as a result — hits high in calories, too. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the amount of calories in a four-ounce piece of cheddar cheese is roughly 456 calories. Ouch.
Calorie for calorie and ounce for ounce, it seems the conclusion is clear.
Or is it?
It’s a strange world we live in and, unfortunately, when it comes to chicken and beef, it is not always clear where it is from or whether or not it has been enhanced — full of growth promoters, hormones, antibiotics and more. With Clean Tilapia, I know it’s been fed a plant-based diet, it is raised in the best possible conditions and there are no growth promoters, hormones or antibiotics.
Clean Tilapia is fresh, traveling from farm to table in ideally less than 48 hours. I know some cheeses get better with age, but how long has that chicken been hanging around?
Clean Tilapia tastes fantastic. You can grill it, broil it, bake it and pan fry it. In fact, if you can do it to beef or chicken, you can most likely do the same thing to Clean Tilapia. Just like chicken, it takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it in.
Looking at criteria such as ease of preparation, taste or wellness, the choice is clear. When we take into consideration calories and grams of fat and protein, I believe the choice is obvious.
Remember: All tilapia are not created equally. There is a difference.