Why Catfish is Bad for your Health
Catfish is a popular fish widely enjoyed by nigerians due to the fact that it is easily available and affordable. It is served in most exclusive restaurants and bars . It’s also used during special occasions and ceremonies. It can enjoyed either be grilled, fried or as pepper soup popularly known as point and kill.
Fish is an excellent source of protein and has a high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids. It also has a lot of other health benefits. Though fish is better than meat however catfish is not healthy alternative as it is high in cholesterol. Three-ounce portion of catfish contains the same amount of bad fats found in red meat .
Listed below are the reasons catfish is not good for your health.
Catfish is known to contain high amount of omega 6 fatty acids that are thought to play a role in clotting function, are inflammatory and susceptible to oxidation — thereby possibly increasing risk for blood clots, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and cancers. Inflammation is known to be involved in nearly all diseases, including obesity and metabolic syndrome, it’s hard to overstate the negative effects of too much omega-6 fat
2. Cancer Causing Pollutants.
Farm-bred catfish are cultivated with a lot of hormonal feeds filled with steroids and other fattening chemicals just to make them profitable. These chemicals are dangerous and can cause cancer.
3. High Concentration of Pesticides and Antibiotics.
Farm-bred catfish are more susceptible to diseases because they don’t have enough room to swim. They are often given antibiotics to stave of diseases. Also pesticides are used to control sea lice in farm bred catfish. These chemicals are can be harmful to the human body.
4. Low level of healthy nutrients.
Catfish are known to contain both omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids. But the amount of omega 6 fatty acids it contains is high when compared to omega 3. Omega 3 fatty acids are heart friendly oils linked with reduction in blood pressure and reduced risk for certain cancers, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and even mental decline. Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory, while omega-3 is neutral. A diet with a lot of omega-6 and not much omega-3 will increase inflammation. A diet of a lot of omega-3 and not much omega-6 will reduce inflammation.
Given the above stated negative report about catfish, would it be wise to give up eating catfish. The answer is no, but the best thing is to regulate how it is taken.
A cardiologist Dr Jane Anisulowo says, “If you can get the one from the river, which is rare in most cities, then you may eat it twice a month. But if the only one you can get is the one that is being reared by farmers, you don’t have to eat at all, or just eat it when it is partially smoked. In that way, some of the fats would have been lost in the process. Better still, there are some other species of fish that are oily but they contain good fats and are more nutritious.”
According to healthyeating.sfgate.com omega-6 fats are still preferable to saturated fat when it comes to heart health. Varying the type of fish you consume and including fish higher in omega-3 fats, like salmon, as well as those that have lower levels of omega-3 fats, like catfish, can help you maintain the proper balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fats.
Generally, scaly fish are known to contain less oil and are more nutritious. Examples of fishes that are high in the good fats include salmon, tuna and mackerel.