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HealthDay News reports that farm-raised tilapia, generally believed to be a healthy food especially for people with heart issues, may not be everything it is cracked up to be.

According to the story, farm-raised tilapia has low levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids: “New research suggests the combination could be particularly bad for patients with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other diseases involving overactive inflammatory responses.”

The same goes for other farmed fish such as catfish. Wild fish is said to be much healthier; the story suggests that the farmed fish are not as healthy because they are not being fed in a healthy manner.

“Several health groups, including the American Heart Association, recommend eating two servings of fish a week, preferably fatty fish such as salmon. The reason: primarily to increase omega-3 fatty acids,” HealthDay News writes. “But no one has really looked at the nutritional effect of an explosion in farmed fish (increasing at an annual rate of 9.2 percent, compared with 1.4 percent for wild fish). In particular, inexpensive tilapia is exploding in popularity.”

KC's View:
Uh-oh. Tilapia has become one of the staffs of life around our household.

This is just another example of the kind of confusion that exists out there for shoppers…and why retailers and suppliers need to be involved in education-oriented marketing efforts. Better to inform shoppers than to let them walk the store in ignorance.