Mayo Clinic Urges Consumers to Keep Eating Tilapia

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Mayo Clinic Urges Consumers to Keep Eating Tilapia

07/21/2008
Dietitians from the world renowned Mayo Clinic said Americans should not stop eating tilapia, despite media reports of a new study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association that question the species’ health benefits.

The clinic’s online column, Nutrition Wise, said the fact that a new study released in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows tilapia has more omega-6s than omega-3s, was no reason to stop eating the popular fish.

The dietitians said they are “going to continue to eat fish — at least twice weekly…including tilapia and catfish along with others especially high in the good fats such as salmon, tuna and mackerel.”

“This is all part of a reaction to sound-bite-science that has confused consumers and possibly scared some away from an inherently healthy food,” said Jennifer Wilmes, a registered dietitian with the National Fisheries Institute. “Is there an on going debate in the scientific community about omega-3 to omega-6 ratios? Yes. Does that mean anyone should suggest ground beef, bacon, and doughnuts are equal to or healthier than tilapia? No. That’s irresponsible.”