Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Tilapia: Good or Bad

A friend emailed me this bad news: Tilapia fish has a high concentration of Omega 6 fatty acids vice the Omega 3 "good cholesterol".

Above photo shows my wife's fried tilapia and the Thai green mango salad that goes with it (or goes with whatever fried fish). Tilapia happens to be a favourite since they don't have that much bones and the flesh are tasty.

I've googled (tilapia + omega 6) and found the following link that explains it all:

I just saw my doctor last week and he gave me the results of my blood test. All's a-ok, except for the ratio of my good and bad cholesterol, and he advised me to eat more fish to raise my good cholesterol. Although he did not specifically mentioned tilapia, it came to my mind as one of my favorite fishes. I guess I'll eat more canned tuna or salmon.

To make the Thai green mango salad: You need green mango (not the ripe one), fish sauce, shallots or red Spanish onions, fresh coriander, chillies, and mint. Chopped all ingredients as finely or as coarsely as you like and add fish sauce (this is salty!) and chillies to taste. The sourness of the green mango and saltiness of the fish sauce gives the Thai flavour you associate with this "salsa verde" or green salad.


tutubi philippines said...

tilapia is not bad compared to all meats...it's my favorite fish. tuna however is more healthy

JayAshKal said...

Thanks Tutubi for dropping by. I've been to your site as well and loved it, especially the photos.

I know re tilapia. It isone of my fav fishes as well but this recent findings made me aware of the "bad cholesterol" content of tilapia. Sayang...