The Health Benefits of Tilapia

Tilapia is a kind of fish, in case you didn’t know.  The reason I like Tilapia so much, compared to other kinds of fish is because it doesn’t have a fishy taste. IMG_20140219_214742_709 I have discovered a few different kinds of Tilapia produced by Gorton’s.  All of the one’s I buy are grilled, as opposed to fried, and come in come with three different seasoning options.  One is called signature grilled, the second is Cajun style and the third is roasted garlic and butter.

A serving is one filet, which is 80 calories.  There are two filet’s per box, which only comes to 160 calories, so I eat both pieces, usually with some steamed broccoli or cauliflower.  The roasted garlic and butter is my favorite.  You can find them in the freezer section of your local grocery store and are less than $4 per box.

I wanted to share some of the health benefits of eating Tilapia as part of a healthy diet.  The information below was obtained from healthyeating.sfgate.com and livestrong.com.  Thanks goes to them for all the great information.

1.  Tilapia is a great source of protein.   Tilapia is a source of complete protein, meaning that it provides all of the amino acids that form the structure of your cells, tissues and organs.  

2.  Tilapia is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for growth and development in children and brain function.  The polyunsaturated fats found in omega-3 fatty acids may help you keep your blood pressure within a healthy range, prevent heartbeat irregularities and reduce your serum triglycerides — a form of fat that can increase your risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help you maintain your mental acuity and prevent arthritis as you age. 

3.  Eating tilapia on a regular basis may help you control your body weight.IMG_20140224_193810_024  If you substitute tilapia for red meat in meals two or three times a week, you can reduce your overall intake of calories, fat and cholesterol. One serving of tilapia weighing 100 g, or 3.5 oz. — about the size of a deck of cards — has 128 calories, 3 g of fat, 1 g of saturated fat and 57 mg of cholesterol, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By comparison, a 3.5-oz. serving of lean beef sirloin with the fat trimmed has 182 calories, 8 g of fat, 3 g of saturated fat and 78 mg of cholesterol. 

4.  Eating tilapia may help reduce your risk for heart disease. According to a review article published in a 2008 edition of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” studies show strong evidence that consuming one to two servings of fish per week, which can significantly reduce your risk for coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death. 

I encourage you to substitute tilapia for red meat as often as possible.  It has many health benefits your body will thank you for.

Check out this recipe where tilapia is used.  Looks yummy!

Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos

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