Fact Check: Is Tilapia Really Worse than Bacon?

Health and wellness is the way to go for 2018. The buzz for eating organic whole foods, exercise, and fitness are trends that almost everyone strives for.


But then, this can be really expensive depending on what’s your diet personality. Luckily, cheaper alternatives are present in our local marketplace. For example, the Filipino favorite Tilapia can be a good protein source for a cheaper price.


Problems arise when some clean eating methods can actually be harmful instead. You don’t want our good intentions to be ironically the cause of our health problems. With this scare, we question, are we even eating safe food?


A couple of days ago, I saw a Facebook post about Tilapia being worse than bacon. This food paranoia may take its toll on us. I mean, the innocent Tilapia is accused of killing thousands of lives one bite at a time. There might be some misunderstanding.


So as vanguards of truth and as someone who really likes this humble seafood, let us investigate. Is Tilapia really worse than bacon?


Where Did this Idea Start?

Where Did this Idea Start?

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It all began on a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. They found out that Tilapia has high levels of polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids compared to its omega 3 content.


Supposedly, this elevated ratio is causing chronic inflammation and diseases. It is common knowledge that chronic inflammation is a gateway to chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.


Based on this study, media hype has caused skewed views of our beloved fish. After all, if the sinful bacon is “healthier”, most are more than willing to gobble and comply.


An Agent of Chronic Inflammation and Disease


But the question is, is the omega 6 content in Tilapia enough to trigger chronic inflammation? With this, an open letter by a number of experts argues otherwise. In relation to Tilapia’s Omega 6 content, at this amount, it may still be beneficial to our body.


Factcheck.org even dedicated an article defending our champion against bacon.


Comparing to Bacon

Comparing to Bacon

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So do you change your diet to bacon rather than Tilapia? If you want to be healthy, the answer is a glaring no. The study might have just compared them to omega-6 levels, omitting the other things that make bacon bad.


For instance, bacon has astronomically higher saturated fat, calories, and sodium while tilapia have only 90-180 calories, just 0.5 grams of saturated fats, and 1% sodium.


Not to mention, Tilapia have essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B12, Niacin, Selenium, Phosphorus, and magnesium.


Ultimately, Tilapia may not be the healthiest fish in the market. But these facts make our friendly fish way waaay healthier than our porky alternative. Case closed.

Leandro Eclipse

Leandro Eclipse is an entrepreneur who loves to travel. He believes in building multiple Location-Independent Sources of Income. Because if you are going to work anyway, might as well do it while exploring the world. Self-proclaimed foodie and tech geek. Follow him on IG @mikoeclipse.


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