chinese catfish

Tis catfish tastes great and is a healthy part of a balanced diet. Before you eat it, please check to see where it spent it's youth. It's more important than you might think!

Many health experts extol the benefits of eating fish. I eat it all the time. After all, fish is a fantastic source of complete protein and is loaded with the Omega-3 fatty acids that we’re always being told are great for our cardio-vascular systems. Studies and anecdotal evidence has even show that Omega-3s can help you burn fat much more efficiently.

NO Omega-3s?

Did you know that some fish actually contains very little of the healthy Omega-3 acids that you’re eating it for? What’s more, some of it might actually be  dangerous to eat! It is easier to understand when you know how fish get so rich in the Omega-3 fatty acids in the first place.

Like many other people, I thought that they naturally produced the stuff. That’s not actually what happens, though. They get most of the Omega-3s through their diet. That’s right, they eat a diet rich in plants containing Omega-3, or enjoy dining on other sea creatures that have eaten the plants.

The problem arises when you remove fish from their natural habitats. Were you aware that much of the fish you eat has never seen the open ocean? They’ve never known the joy of chasing other fish for dinner or the terror of having a larger fish snapping at their tails. Instead, they hang out at the fish farm in China, Thailand, and Vietnam, eating soy and corn pellets, instead of the diet they were made to eat. They are also plumped up with vitamins so they grow faster, and are ready to market sooner.

Now you see why they lack the healthy Omega-3s. It’s not found in corn and soy pellets! But wait! There’s More!

Deadly Fish on Your Table?

Not only can this fish be less healthy than wild caught (which have their own issues, such as high levels of mercury and other contaminants) according to some experts, some of it is actually downright bad for you. According to a recent ABC news report, all manner of stuff you’d rather not be in your fish is, well, it’s in your fish. We’re talking veterinary medicines, carcinogenic pesticides, and other less than savory ingredients, such as raw sewage. Ready to puke yet?

Check the label before you put that package of swordfish, talapia, shrimp, or catfish in your shopping cart, check to see where it was hanging out before it ended up wrapped in cellophane in the seafood department. If it is form out of town, realize that the US FDA checks only 1% of out imported seafood for safety, and that’s on a good day!

Remember the string of hazardous Chinese food products we’ve endured? Are you really ready to trust your family’s health to some more of their “food”. I don’t think I am.