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Old 05-03-2012, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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You've got to be kidding me...trying to switch to a healthier diet so today I chose the oven roasted Tilapia for lunch instead of the Philly cheese steak at the neighboring station at my work cafe.

But now I just did a search and found out that Tilapia contains Omega-6 fatty acids and can be just as bad, if not worse, than a steak...WTF? In addition it can cause cancer which steak cannot cause.

Am I misreading this info?? Fish being unhealthy? I have never heard of such a thing before...

Popular Fish, Tilapia, Contains Potentially Dangerous Fatty Acid Combination

So does this mean I should avoid Tilapia and Catfish? Any other fish to be avoided?
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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It doesn't work like this. Cancer, and to a lesser extent heart disease, is much more complex. Don't eat according to "what causes cancer," you'll drive yourself stone crazy.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: NJ
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its amazing how easily someone can change their mind about food. read one random article from someone you dont know and bam! tiplapia causes cancer! may as well go back to the cheesesteak, if you eat it on a whole grain roll its basically a health food.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I have not changed my mind about anything, I am posting here to get some opinions on what I read...
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: NJ
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But now I just did a search and found out that Tilapia contains Omega-6 fatty acids and can be just as bad, if not worse, than a steak...WTF?
you may not have changed your mind, but you seem too open to have it changed. diet isnt complicated no matter how many nutritionists would like to write articles complicating the simple thus giving themselves jobs.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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So does this mean I should avoid Tilapia and Catfish? Any other fish to be avoided?
CaptainNJ is right, you should calm down. You seem all up in arms and in full panic mode after reading just one article. Even if tilapia can cause cancer, there are other fish that you can eat.

While fear can be a good thing, panicky and unfounded fear based off one lone article by one lone writer, should be avoided.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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hahaha, I swear these people won't stop until every guy in America looks like a Frenchie wearing girl pants, weighs 120 pounds and eats nothing but tofu.

K374, don't worry.. you're not going to get heart disease and everything will be fine. People have been eating Tilapia for a very long time and as long as you aren't eating it every single day you should be perfectly fine
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Right now you're getting opinions on your overreaction.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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There are many healthier fish than Tilapia - it's the junk food of fish. Cheap, and farmed, and usually farmed cheaply and imported after having plenty of antibiotics dumped on it. (Corn-fed fish? No thanks.) I dont eat it - to me it has no taste anyway. If you dont like fish - enjoy!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:01 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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If you are expecting a baby it is recommended that you only eat fish one time a week to avoid too much mercury is what I saw on a TV show this week. Forget which show. They also said that Alaskian salmon is the cleanest fish. The problem is what the fish eats and it is eating all of our waste in the ocean.

I think the sensible thing is to eat a variety of foods. Why not make a list of all the foods you like and make up a menu using all of them.

Have you ever heard of the Weigh Down Diet Book. I learned a lot about food by reading this book.

http://www.amazon.com/Weigh-Down-Die.../dp/0385487622

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