3 Types of SeaFood to Avoid If You Wanna Lose Weight!

I love fish and try to eat it at least three times a week. I guess I’ve finally gotten the notion that fish is good for you into my thick skull. So, imagine my great disappointment when I recently came across an article saying that if you want to eat fish to try and help you lose weight, there are three different kinds you should avoid. Just the ones I had been eating! So, despite the fact that I had routinely been choosing fish over things like bacon which I love, I guess I had been eating the wrong kind of fish all along. Just another interesting fun fact to file away in my brain.

According to this article, the benefits you get from eating fish are largely dependant on where the fish comes from. Okay, so I knew that. Some fish definitely contain higher levels of mercury than others. But some fish are caught in the wild (the best kind to eat), while other are either farm-bred or farm-raised. I did not know either of those facts.

The most common farm-raised fish are tilapia, sea bass, salmon, catfish and cod.

So, the next logical question is: why are farm-raised fish bad for human consumption?

  1. Recent Studies have shown that farm-raised tilapia farm-raised-tilapiacauses more inflammation
    Farm-raised tilapia has been a very popular fish for quite a long time. This is mostly because it is a relatively inexpensive fish to raise and it is widely available in the United States. Recent studies have shown, however, that tilapia increases inflammation which can later lead to things like heart disease, arthritis and asthma. People who eat this type of fish in order to get their weekly dose of omega-3 fatty acids would be far better off to take a supplement instead. Scientists were able to show in one study that the inflammatory potential of eating one serving of tilapia far outweighed that of the same size serving of either hamburger or bacon.

  2. farm-bred-salmonFarmed salmon may contain more than 10 times the amount of carcinogenic organic pollutants than wild salmon
    This fact is probably almost entirely related to the types of feed which are given to farm-raised fish. Scientists found chicken feces as one of the main ingredients in farm fish food. It also very common for farm fish food to also contain additives of duck and pig feces.

  3. Farm-bred fish have been shown to contain high concentrations of antibiotics and pesticides.
    Why are farm-raised fish being given antibiotics you may be asking yourself? Well, for the same reason that beef cattle are given antibiotics. They are kept in very close quarters with other animals of the same species which make them highly susceptible to disease. These fish are also treated with pesticides in order to keep them from getting sea lice. Some of these pesticides are so toxic that they actually kill the fish they are supposed to treat.

  4. FarmRaisedFishFarm-bred fish also have lower levels of healthy nutrients
    Though you may be eating certain kinds of fish in order to give yourself the added omega-d fatty acids they contain, you might not know that the omega-3 fatty acids found in farm-raised fish are not nearly as usable by the human body as those found in wild caught species. Because some of these farm-raised fish are actually kept in cages, they tend to be even fattier but they develop what are known as omega-6 fatty acids. Too many omega-6 fatty acids in your body leads to even more inflammation, something you want to avoid.

  5. Dibutyltin levels, a chemical used in plastics made from PVC has been found to be about 6 times higher in farm-raised salmon than that of wild.
    This is a toxic chemical which can impair the human immune system. It also contributes to human inflammation. This is believed to be the primary cause in the rising number of asthma diagnoses in the recent past.

  6. Dioxin levels are 11 times higher in farm-bred salmon compared to wild salmon.
    Dioxin is a very toxic chemical which has been proven to cause cancer and its related complications. The biggest problem with a chemical like dioxin is its half-life. This means the amount of time it takes to break down. So, for example a plant can have a half-life of say six months. This means that in six months, half of the plant will have biodegraded if left alone to decompose. The half-life of dioxin is between 7 and 11 years.


In addition to the dangers of eating farm-raised fish, the other type of seafood you should stay away from is shrimp. Amongst sea biologists, shrimp are considered to be the dirtiest of all the food found in the sea. Most of the shrimp sold in American grocery stores is imported and most of it, because of that, comes filled with a host of contaminants such as antibiotics, residues from different chemicals, other filth such as mouse hair and bits and pieces of insects. Many of these fish are also contaminated with E coli. The reason for this is because very little imported fish is ever inspected by anyone from the FDA. This is one reason why it is so important to purchase only domestic seafood.

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