Health Experts Are Warning People To Stop Eating Tilapia


Eating seafood is a great way to get vital nutrients and vitamins. Tilapia is the most popular farmed fish in America because of its affordability. But health experts are warning consumers to stay as far away as possible from Tilapia. Flip over to the next page to see why…

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132 Comments on "Health Experts Are Warning People To Stop Eating Tilapia"

  1. S. Kay Buchanan | February 2, 2017 at 9:29 am | Reply

    This is disgusting!! I had already quit eating Tilapia due to a friend telling me they were farmed with Salmon and keep the tanks clean. I thought that was bad enough, but this Pig and Chicken Poop fed to them!!! YUCK!!!

  2. Take out of the store

  3. So sad … You’d think farm raised would be safe . I stopped eating tilapia quite a while back because of disgusting ways they’re fed.

    • Feeding chicken poop to Tilapia is done by those raising them on fish farms. Fresh caught fish are not fed this way and are ok to eat in moderation and should be washed before eating to remove as much salt a possible. many people eat catfish these are bottom dwellers and eat what ever is on the bottom of the river think about what is laying on the bottom of rivers and streams the next time you eat catfish I would prefer a wild caught Tilapia.

      • most talipia are farmed because of the special license they are not native to the usa. so they are not allowed to be in lakes and rivers or even ponds. They would destroy the natural eco system to our lakes and streams. most talipia farmers use fish food just like your fish tanks in the house and some have special tanks just to grow the natural food that talipia eat. so as for farmed. yeah, but find a local dealer, check out the operation and buy it fresh.

      • Marshall Holloway | May 23, 2017 at 9:47 pm | Reply

        Wonder where this comes from. Tilapia are vegans, along with algea. USA does produce about ten percent of what we use. This is from Wikipedia.

  4. What are your sources for this “scientific” information?

  5. If this disgusts you do you want to know what free-range pigs and chickens eat? SMH

    • Free range chickens generally follow behind cows or pigs that eat grain. The chickens eat the undigested grain. Kinda like drinking Kopi Luwac coffee for humans. The caged chickens eat each other, poop or whatever is in the caged. Free range hogs will eat whatever and I do mean whatever. Even undigested grain in their own poop. But guess what? So do the caged ones. Sorry for going grafic. But I think it’s time we all know where our food comes from. I don’t eat farm raised Tilapia at all.

    • The same poop Democrats are fed by the politicians they elect.

  6. I’m somewhat sceptacle of this whole article on Tilapia. The cite a supposed study by Wake Forest University, yet the don’t give any of the researchers names or contact information, so that a person wanting further information on Tilapia could get a copy of this supposed study. Also, the article reminds me of a paper written by a fifth grader, the language and phrases used in this supposed “scientific” article do not meet minimum standards. To state that Tilapia can kill you if you eat it is hyperbole and/or an outright lie. Wild caught fish also have warnings from the E.P.A. about the over consumption of fish in a certain short period of time. Wild caught fish eat other fish, complete with their digestive juices, innards, and feces and other bodily fluids. If a person would follow a free range chicken about for a day and observed what they eat, you would never eat one.

    • You can check out the following article that names the authors as well as provides additional information.

      http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2008/Wake_Forest_Researchers_Say_Popular_Fish_Contains_Potentially_Dangerous_Fatty_Acid_Combination.htm

    • I think a fifth grader can spell SKEPTICAL. “reminds me of a paper written by a fifth grader”

      • sceptacle vs SKEPTICAL

        They are both correct.

      • Educated people will understand that not only Americans speak English (and certainly weren’t the first to do so). “Sceptical” is the correct spelling for all English spoken outside of North America. An American fifth grader may not know this, and one is more likely to know, understand and RESPECT such differences if they did *not* grow up in America. Even Canadians, who use the “k” variation, are aware of the alternate spellings. Why? Because, unlike us, they don’t see themselves as the center of the whole fricken universe.

        DUMP TRUMP!

        • Skeptical or Sceptical are acceptable. Sceptacle does not exist. Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration to make a point.

      • Sceptic vs. skeptic
        In most of their senses, there is no difference between skeptic and sceptic. Skeptic is the preferred spelling in American and Canadian English, and sceptic is preferred in the main varieties of English from outside North America. This extends to all derivatives, including sceptical/skeptical and scepticism/skepticism. There is an exception, though: In reference to some 21st-century strains of scientific skepticism, writers and publications from outside North America often use the spellings with the k.

        The word comes from the French sceptique,1 which in French is pronounced sep-teek. It has taken several spellings since coming to English in the 16th century, but the modern British spelling was settled by the early 19th century. The development of the k spelling is a natural result of English speakers altering the French pronunciation with the first-syllable k sound. The c is silent in many but by no means all English words containing sc, but writers outside North America never got on board with skeptic—that is, until recently, as the sk- usage appears to be growing outside the United States, perhaps with discussion of climate “skeptics” in the media. Moreover, British and Australian skeptical societies—groups that come together to promote science and critical thinking on subjects such as the paranormal—often used the sk- spelling

    • This looks like it was written by a fifth grader. Wants to use educated words but can’t spell a lot of them. Value this illiterate opinion, I think not!!!

    • What the heck is hyperbole!????

    • And it doesn’t mention Wake Forest University. It only implies association with the University. If tilapia were a public health risk we would have heard about it by now. Sounds like a bunch of poop to me. Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see with your own eyes.

    • Here is a link to the study. Although it was done in 2008 so things may have changed a lot since then. Have to do more research to see current data. http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2008/Wake_Forest_Researchers_Say_Popular_Fish_Contains_Potentially_Dangerous_Fatty_Acid_Combination.htm

    • A voice of reason!

  7. Regal springs is where Winn Dixie gets their tilapia look it up

  8. Bad as a carp catfish or sucker scavengers

    • Shrimp are bottom feeders too but a lot of people still eat it…..just saying.

      • Exactly. Shrimp and mollusks (oysters, muscles, clams, etc…) are living sewage filtration systems. But we eat them because they are tasty, just like tilapia are tasty.

  9. I have always heard that tilapia really has no nutritional value so I have never been interested in eating. I have also heard that they are a garbage fish in what they eat.

  10. You eat bacon dont you….Pigs wallow and eat in there own poop..

    • Only because farmers keep them in small pens. Allowed to free range, they don’t.

    • THEIR!

    • We raised pigs for years. Penned and free range and never saw them eat poop! Pigs don’t eat where they poop.

      • Exactly! I have also raised pigs and they are actually very clean animals. They will only poop and pee in one area of their pen. They do like to wallow in mud in order to coat their skin for protection from the sun and biting insects. They will never lay where they poop and certainly don’t eat it!

        • we have raised pigs for years and yes they only poop in one area of their pen, no they don’t eat it but they do need a pool of water or mud hole as some put it this is because pigs don’t sweat they need this water to cool off. they are the cleanest and smartest of animals to raise.

  11. Mr Chicken Oil | February 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Reply

    How about something everyone of you can do for yourself. Do you eat at Chicken Express. Ask the clerk “what oil do you cook in?” I went to 7 different Chicken Expres’ and got the same exact answer from the Manager or Clerk in each of them. Oh, we cook in Chicken Oil. Can you give me a MSDS sheet from the Fook & Drug Administration Sheet or health sheet on it. No, No, we are not allowed to do that, is the answer. Be sneaky. Even Dumpster diving. Find the Oil boxes. Take a picture with your wonderful cell phone. Call the Company, tell them you are opening a new Restaurant and love the oil Chicken Express Oil and want to use it. Ask for a MSDS sheet sent to your email address. Google Search exactly what you have in your Cell Phone. The oil has been around since the 1930’s. Has exactly the worst chemicals known to man for Brain Health because it coats the dendrtitc link ends ruining your brain capabilitie to duh “thinK and remember.” Sounds like something all old people need in their diet for years. Does poop sound a bit better to you now?

  12. Suzie Henderson | February 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Reply

    We dont eat it any more now forsure . Is any thing at all safe any more unless you raise it .

  13. My free range chickens eat chicken food, bugs, salad, watermelon, pumpkins, worms, cucumbers, yogurt-lots of people food. They never eat poop. They walk around poop. if they ate poop there would be none on our farm.

  14. Could you please site some sources? Actual direct links to the research?

  15. There are times I am happy I’m a vegetarian!

    • Think this is bad? Shit is the main ingredient causing you veggies to grow. You eat animal shit infused food al the time.

    • VEGETARIAN,,,,DID YOU SAY VEGETARIAN ???,,,,,,WHAT DO YOU THINK MOST OF THESE PLACED FERTILIZE THEIR FRUITS AND VEGTABLES WITH,,,,COW MANURE,PIG MANURE, HUMAN MANURE, AND WHAT THEY CAN GET FOR FREE,,,PIG FARMERS RAISE PIGS IN HOUSES THAT HAVE DEEP TANKS TO COLLECT THE POOP AND PEE,,,THEN TAKEN OUT TO FARMS AND SPEAD OVER THE LAND, COW POOP IS TAKEN TO FIELDS AND SPREAD IN FIELDS,,,,I AM SURE THAT MEXICO FERTILIZE THEIR CROPS WITH ANIMAL POOP,,,SO DID YOU SAY GLAD YOU ARE A VEGETARIAN ???? MANY COUNTRIES THAT WE GET OUT FRUIT AND VEGGIES FROOM USE GOOD OLD HUMAN POOP,,,,,AN EXAMPLE,,,CORN,,,LOOK AT ALL THE THINGS MADE FROM CORN,,,,PIG FARMERS SPREAD PIG MANURE ON THE SOIL TO FERTILIZE CORN,,,SAME WITH WHEAT,,,WHERE DO YOU THINK THEY USE THIS STUFF,,,THEY DON’T MAKE CANY BARS OUT OF IT,,,,,,YEA, WE LIVE ON SHIT,,,,

      • I lived in Germany in the early 50’s. They picked up human excrement in what was called a Honey Wagon. It was used to fertilize crops and fruit tree and bushes. The Army put out notice when you went there NOT to buy Produce or edibles in the markets. They sure had some beautiful fields. I have never eaten Tilapia because I owned a tropical fish shop and raised them as aquariam
        fish.

      • Please open their eyes lol… Poop has been used for centuries as fertilizer… But on a different note, whats dead (animals, humans, plants,etc) gets put in the ground. Dissolves in the dirt and then regrown again. The circle of life… If u want food thats more natural. GROW IT YOURSELF… U CANT TRUST ANYONE TO HANDLE YOUR FOOD. U NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND PPLE DO LIE TO KEEP MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. EDUCATE YOURSELF AND FEND FOR YOURSELF… Pple are lazy and don’t care about the next. Theyll do whatever to keep a $$$. PPLE ARE DOING A LOT OF MESSED UP THINGS TO OUR PLANET NOT REALIZING HOW MUCH SHE DOES FOR US. WE USE AND ABUSE HER WITH NO REGRETS. My advice… If u want real food with no added BS… Make it/grow it YOURSELF… MAY PEACE AND GREAT HEALTH BE WITH U ALL XOXO…

        • I agree. However, most people are not fortunate to be able to grow their own food. Perhaps vegetables. When the neighbor sprays or it rains be sure you’ll get his chemicals. What can people do about eggs and meats. We’d all have to live on farms, which is totally unrealistic.

  16. Any farm raised fish is going to be of questionable nutritional value.

  17. You people are FUCKING RETARDED

    Do you see any sources? Instead you read exaggerated claims and act like they are law.

    As a human, you should be ashamed that you’ve disgraced our species, by believing in sensational media, you fucking morons.

  18. This article is so wrong as a friend ofine used to raise them
    They have to be raised in very controled environment or they will die and i mean the entire pond. They cannot be fed crap and they are perfectly safe. Do further research for yousevles as this article is so full of crap

  19. Johnnie Ginger | February 21, 2017 at 5:09 am | Reply

    Farm raised pigs and chickens eat Tilapia. WTF! Vicious cycle…. Give me a White Castle!

  20. Not once did I hear a single sentence about the welfare of the animals. Does anybody even care any more ?

  21. As long as what they are saying about tilapia could, might, may cause certain symptoms or illness I will continue to enjoy dinning on tilapia. Do they say how much must be consumed before you could, might, may be affected by it? I believe an occasional meal will have no ill effects and will still consume my favorite fish.

  22. I think they are Osama,and Saddam Hussein…Come on People.. Wake up and smell the coffee…

  23. For the doubters, they’ve had specials on this before, I don’t remember if it was dateline or what. But they showed other countries raising talapia in their raw sewage. This is not new news.

  24. I tried Talipia ONCE and didn’t like the taste of it, have NEVER had it since. Don’t need any scientific research to know I don’t like it.

  25. I will continue eating Tilapia, Love it, My blood and organ check up came back GREAT..No effect.. Come on people, everything within reason!

    • WHAT IS IN REASON ????ONCE, ONCE A WEEK ONCE A MONTH,,,,??????JUST AN EXAMPLE,,,BACK IN THE 60S, MANY PEOPLE ATE A LOT OF CRAB IN SAN FRANCISDO,,,AFTER THEY STOPPED DUMPING SEWAGE ON THE OCEAN SIDE OF THE CITY, THE CRAB POPULATION DROPPED,,,,,HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ABOUT THAT ??? AND THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT UNTRUE,,,,

  26. Tilapia ain’t the only fish raised on dung.

    http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0541e/T0541E0d.htm

  27. If you’ll eat pork WTh not eat Tilapia…JS…{`;`}

  28. Check this article in Snopes.com, the rumor/fact-checking website.
    http://message.snopes.com/food/graphics/tilapiahead.jpg

  29. Francis A Robichaux | February 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm | Reply

    Whale shit, fish shit, dead fish, dead whales, human shit, plus what ever else we dump out there! – It’s what’s at the bottom of the ocean. – Fish that scavenge the bottom of of the ocean eat it.

  30. I do not eat any farm raised fish. The growers also put chemicals in their water so they will grow. The chemicals cause cancer and God knows what else.

  31. Michael Rosenfeld | February 22, 2017 at 12:13 am | Reply

    WE feed our Tilapia Souther States “little Strike”
    Guaranteed Analysis

    Crude Protein (min.) 36.00%
    Crude Fat (min.) 6.00%
    Crude Fiber (max.) 5.50%
    Phosphorus (P) (min.) 0.90%

    Ingrediants are too numerous to list but include a wealth of minerals, such as Manganese Sulfate, sodium selenite, Calcium carbonate to metion a few, vitimins A,D,C,K, B12, riboflavin, NIACIN ECT. ANYWAY not full of chemicals and junk.

    People who like TIlapoia, should consider buying form local farmers and not the grocery store.

  32. I am amazed at how many fish experts are taking time out of their busy schedules to weigh in on this article, which seems to be sensational citation free click bait. The comments are disturbing, if only because they show that many Americans are as full of it as the apocryphal tanks and ponds in this story. And people, while your making stuff up, at least use spell check. Sheesh!

  33. I have been on tilapia farms in about 10 countries and am an aquaculture expert. How are these “health experts” you mention? No citations. This is all blah blah made up fears with nothing behind it. Then you try to scare people with the photos – example, the one with “stuff” in the fish’s mouth. Assumption by the gullible reader = poop or similar. The reality = these are tilapia eggs and hatchlings!!! Tilapia are what are called “mouth breeders” – the mom fish carry the babies around in their mouths to protect them. Educate yourselves and don’t believe rubbish written by trash sites like this. Also, re eating poop – you do realise that poop is manure, full of key nutrients that we use to fertilise crops, right? Another photo of dead fish – guess what? Fish, just like animals and humans, can get bacterial and viral infections and die! Many tilapia are vaccinated to prevent these diseases but we don’t have vaccines available yet for all bugs.

  34. Interesting that there are no citations to any studies.

  35. Your all dumb to put up such a stink about a worthless un-American fish! Never have eaten tilapia never will ever! Matter of fact never even heard of this species of fish till the Mexican population in this country began to run rampant!!

  36. Today it’s good for you tomorrow it’s not. Make up your minds. Plus if you want people to eat healthier make it more affordable.

  37. robert bolding | February 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Reply

    Disregard any article with regards to truth when it mentions Health Experts . what defines a health expert? you tell me because i worked 30 years in medicine and no one can say what a health expert is.

  38. Never have eaten this yucky fish. Don’t carevif its farm raised. Its a trash fish like s duckier or carp and I don’t eat those either. They used those nasty fish as bait in southern CA and AZ.Will never eat this fish. Ewwww. Just seeing what they ate years ago turned me off.

  39. I just don’t trust any fish imported from China. Most of Tilapia in the USA is imported from China. I only buy fresh fish farmed or caught in the USA.

  40. Do they use Tilapia in Sushi?

  41. Pretty much a bullshit article full of half truths.

  42. I was told it was the fish the Apostles were catching. In the south we eat crawfish, shrimp and other types of fish that live at the bottom of water.

  43. talopia was what jesus fed his desires it is or was the most purist fish in the sea

  44. talopia was what jesus fed his deciples…

  45. Have Owned Layers (Chickens) NEVER have I ever witnessed them pecking their own feces…

  46. I love catfish. About the only fish I eat beside tilapia. If I believed everything I read on the internet, I would starve to death.

    • If a person believed everything they read anywhere, they are in trouble. A few years ago beef was better for than pork. Now, pork is better for you than beef. This goes on constantly.i.e. Coffee is extremely bad for you (some years ago) now, you should have 3 cups a day as it is beneficial to your health. WTH!!! A few months later it’s something else. True. If we believed all these stories, there would be nothing left for people to eat. Eat everything in moderation, that’s what I do….as all foods are filled with so many chemicals you couldn’t eat anything at all. 🙂

  47. If you believe this bull without references you are as dumb as they come research for yourself. The masses will believe anything on the internet

  48. This is exactly why im glad I never eat this disgusting bottom dwelling fish ill stick with my sole or mahi mahi hell even orange roughy haddock cod halibut but tilapia is flat out disgusting

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