How is Regal Springs Tilapia different from other Tilapia on the market?
Unlike other Tilapia, Regal Springs Tilapia are all natural and responsibly raised from hatch to harvest. We select pristine freshwater lakes in Honduras, Mexico, and Indonesia for their superior water quality and ecological standards. Oversized spacious floating nets give our Tilapia the freedom to swim against lake currents, just like in the wild. As a result, our Tilapia have a naturally sweet, clean flavor and hearty texture. Our commitment to quality also ensures our Tilapia are healthy and free from chemicals, growth hormones, antibiotics and carbon monoxide (a common preservative used in other seafood). Learn more about what sets our Tilapia apart on Our Tilapia page.
What species of Tilapia do you farm?
We raise Orechromis niloticus.
Is your fish organic?
Our fish is not certified organic but our tilapia are 100% All-Natural.
Do you use antibiotics and growth hormones?
No, we do not use any antibiotics, growth hormones or chemicals. Our product is 100% All-Natural. In order to prevent the incidence and spread of disease, we limit our fish stocking densities, appropriately site our nets and make sure our tilapia meet all nutritional requirements.
Do you use GMOs?
Regal Springs Tilapia is not genetically modified. The fish stock are naturally healthy since the strongest fish are selected to reproduce. We use a plant-based feed that contains US grown corn and soybeans, which may have been genetically modified. We are actively pursuing and exploring options for a line of non-GMO and organic Tilapia.
What is in your feed?
Our Tilapia are fed a high-quality plant-based diet. Our proprietary recipe features a blend of plant-based ingredients including corn, soybeans, premium grains, cassava and rapeseed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. While predominantly plant-based, our feed does contain a minimal amount of animal protein (less than 5 percent), mainly marine raw materials like fishmeal and fish oil.
Do you produce your own feed?
Our proprietary plant-based feed recipe is produced in Honduras and Indonesia, where we own and operate our own feed mills. Our new plant in Mexico does not yet have its own feed mill. Therefore, we partner with trusted third party suppliers to produce our proprietary feed for our Mexico facilities and when our feed mills exceed capacity.
What are the health benefits of eating Tilapia?
Tilapia is a healthy, gluten-free protein choice for a balanced diet. The fish is high in protein while low in calories, fat and carbohydrates. Additionally, it is rich in vitamin B-12, niacin, selenium, phosphorous and magnesium. Omega-3 levels in Tilapia match that of other popular seafood, including Mahi-Mahi and Yellowfin tuna. It is important to note that the fat content in Tilapia is directly connected to what the fish are fed and because Regal Springs controls the feed and uses a primarily plant based diet, our fish are very lean.
How do I cook with tilapia?
Regal Springs Tilapia is incredibly versatile and can be prepared in a variety of ways–grilling, broiling, baking, pan-searing, frying–the options are endless. Tilapia also works well in raw preparations like ceviche, which uses the acid in citrus fruits to “cook” the fish. The mild taste and hearty texture of Tilapia make it a great substitute for other mild-tasting proteins like poultry, tofu and other whitefish. Please visit the recipe section of our website and thehealthyfish.com for delicious and easy to prepare recipes.
Is Tilapia safe for pregnant women?
Yes, our Tilapia is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. By farming in pristine lakes using floating nets, controlling the feed and conducting extensive on-site water testing, we can ensure that our fish are not exposed to contaminants like mercury. As a result, Regal Springs’ Tilapia is safe for all consumers, including young children and pregnant and nursing women. In fact, the FDA recently recommended that pregnant and nursing women should be eating 2-3 servings of healthy, low mercury/no mercury fish like Tilapia.
Is Tilapia worse than bacon?
Several years ago, reporters started claiming that Tilapia was worse than bacon. The false claim was taken from a 2008 study from researchers at Wake Forest University. The study compared the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids. The claim has been discredited numerous times. In fact, in this recent article from The Bend Bulletin, one of the Wake Forest researchers acknowledged the “worse than bacon” claim was taken out of context. Tilapia is a high protein, low fat fish that should be part of a well balanced diet. To learn more about the truth behind the “worse than bacon” claims, check out this article on The Healthy Fish blog.
What do you do with processing waste?
We are committed to corporate and environmental stewardship at all levels and we have a strict a zero -waste policy. The fillets represent 35 percent of each fish. The remaining 65 percent is made up of the fish frame, guts, skin and scales. These parts are sustainably repurposed for the production of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, fashion applications, biodiesel production, compost and animal feed.