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Tilapia: Worse for You than Bacon?

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Where you buy your fish may determine how healthy it is for you.
Air Date: 12/16/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Josh Axe, DC, CNS
draxeDr. Josh Axe is an expert in nutrition and natural medicine, the author of the Real Food Diet series and founder of the burstfit interval fitness program.

He is a board certified clinical nutritionist and has earned his CNS from the American College of Nutrition.

Dr. Axe has been a physician for many professional athletes. In 2009 he began working as a nutritionist and doctor with the Wellness Advisory Council and the University of Michigan Swim Team.

He worked with professional swimmers including Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones, and Peter Vanderkaay, providing nutritional advice and musculo-skeletal work on the athletes to increase their performance.

He also traveled to the 2012 Games in London to work with USA athletes.
  • Book Title: Real Food Diet Cookbook
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/DrJoshAxe
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Tilapia: Worse for You than Bacon?
You've no doubt heard that by increasing your fish intake and decreasing the amount of bacon you throw in the frying pan can help improve your overall health. That thought seems almost too obvious.

However, depending on the source of where you get your fish, this approach raises some interesting questions.

The most common farm-raised fish are tilapia, salmon, carp, catfish, sea bass and cod. Tilapia is the most popular, known as the "aquatic chicken," because of how accessible and inexpensive they are.

New findings comparing fish caught in the wild to farm-raised fish show that fish might not be such a healthy alternative to your favorite breakfast side.

Why are farm-raised fish not a healthy option?

Dr. Josh Axe discusses why tilapia may in fact be worse for you than bacon, as well as some other alternatives when choosing fish.