The Truth About Tilapia: 3 Facts You Need To Know

Tilapia is now the fourth most-consumed seafood in the United States, after shrimp, tuna and salmon. This is largely due to it being inexpensive and light, flaky taste that can be easily used in a number of dishes. Due to increased demand, much of the tilapia consumed by the public is now farm-raised rather than wild-caught. Now, a post making its rounds on Facebook is saying a lot of bad things about tilapia, but are the claims true?

The post makes three big claims:

– Tilapia can’t be found in the wild, but only in fish farms.
– That it is worse for you than bacon or hamburgers.
– It contains dioxin, a cancer causing chemical.

But here’s the truth.

Myth #1: Tilapia Can’t Be Found In The Wild
Tilapia can be found in the wild, but it’s not a single type of fish. Instead, it’s the name for nearly a hundred species of fish commonly found in Africa and the Middle East.