Tilapia provides high quality protein with minimal fat, making it an ideal choice for consumers who wish to eat lighter meals and seek to include more fish in their diet. Even among seafood choices, Tilapia is one of the lowest fat choices.
We receive many questions and comments on healthy fats in Tilapia. One thing that consumers need to remember is that fat content in Tilapia depends on what the Tilapia are fed. Tilapia are omnivores; our are fed a mainly herbivore diet, which -while it protects other protein sources from being taxed for animal feed usage- means our Tilapia are very lean.
Though Tilapia has very little fat, the fatty acids in Tilapia are beneficial. Tilapia is a source of heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, known to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Omega-3 fatty acids may also decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and improve arthritis symptoms. These fatty acids have been linked to brain function and mental health benefits such as lowered rates of dementia and depression and enhanced learning abilities in children. The Omega-6 fatty acids in Tilapia are also important for our health, but in the USA, due to red meat consumption, demographic dietetic tendencies are to over-indulge in Omega-6 consumption already.
Tilapia also is a very good source of Vitamin B12 (vital for energy and psychological health), Selenium and a good source of Niacin and Phosphorus. Tilapia has higher magnesium and iron contents than Salmon.
Regal Spring Tilapia is proudly mercury-free, making it safe for pregnant women and small children. Unlike fish raised in the wild, such as salmon, shark, swordfish and tuna, Regal Springs Tilapia is raised on clean reservoir water and fed a controlled diet.