Question: Why you would care about clean tilapia?
You want healthy food. Clean tilapia is fed a plant-based diet and is 100% free of antibiotics, hormones, and growth promoters. While it is raised on farms, it is raised under controlled conditions that are carefully maintained and audited by third party observers. You cannot say the same about any of the other major sources of protein. Beef, pork and chicken are almost assured to be artificially modified unless you pay extra for organic.
Cost. Pound for pound, clean tilapia is on the lower end of the cost spectrum. Prices may vary from store to store as well as different times of year; however, it is generally one of the lowest priced options for protein — if not the lowest. To find out where to buy clean tilapia keep reading as all Tilapia is not created equally.
Macros. If you are one of the many health-conscious people out there, then chances are you track your macros and therefore you know how easy it can be to eat too much fat trying to hit your protein. Here’s a fun fact: Four ounces of Tilapia from Ecuador contains 90 calories, 20.5 grams of protein, and only .75 grams of fat. Yes, you read that right.
Given that new information, let’s discuss what “clean tilapia” is and what it means for your diet.
You may have heard a lot of negative things about the hazards associated with eating tilapia. We often hear things like:
Would you ever eat anything described like that? Much of the negative press tilapia receives may have started with the publication of a study from researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. You can read an article on the study here, as well as a retort from Harvard Medical School here.The rumors weren’t shut down when met with the Wake Forest study and once a false rumor gets started, it tends to gain momentum.
Let's take a minute and unpack these arguments.
To help further tell our tale of necessary redemption, let’s talk import statistics.
Latin America accounts for 96% of fresh tilapia imported into the United States with ZERO FDA rejections. The same cannot be said about other Asian and South Pacific sources of tilapia. The exact statistics can be found here.
If you are wondering how or where to find clean tilapia, it’s quite simple, just ask where it comes from. If it is imported from Brazil, Ecuador, or Columbia, then you can typically trust it to be clean. If it is imported by Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc, you can rest easy in knowing that they only import clean tilapia.