Tilapia Fish Nutrition
By Kaylee Todd, eHow Contributor
According to the American Tilapia Association, this delicious low-fat and low calorie seafood is the fifth most popular in the United States. In 2007, 1.14 pounds of tilapia were eaten per capita in the United States. This means that if the amount of tilapia eaten by the U.S. population was divided among every man, woman, and child, it would have averaged out to 1.14 pounds each. Tilapia can be prepared in a variety of ways, including grilled, baked, broiled, blackened, sauteed, fried and barbecued.
“Tilapia” is the common name that has been given to over one hundred species of fish. When cooked, it turns white, allowing it to be substituted in recipes that call for other types of white fish such as haddock, flounder and sole. The only fish cultivated more than tilapia is carp.
A 3-oz. serving (85 grams) of tilapia contains 80 calories, 16 grams of protein, and 1.5 grams of fat, with 0 grams of saturated and trans fats. It also contains no carbohydrates or fiber. It is an excellent source of niacin, vitamin B12, potassium, selenium and phosphorus.
Grilled Tilapia is versatile
Tilapia is a good source of healthy protein. When prepared in a healthy manner with little or no added fat, such as baking, broiling, or grilling, it is low in calories and contains no saturated or trans fats.
In the summer of 2008, a study that conducted at Wake University and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association stated that farm-raised tilapia might actually be bad for the heart because it contained too much omega-6 fatty acids and too little omega-3 fatty acids. Many sources, including Sanford Health, quickly published opposing views.
Although tilapia is an overall healthy food source, it should be eaten in moderation by those watching their cholesterol levels, because 3 oz. of raw tilapia contains 42 mg (or 15 percent of the recommended daily consumption) of cholesterol.
Tilapia Nutrition Information
By Todd Burton, eHow Contributor
Tilapia is a fish that can be found in most grocery stores across the nation. It is important to understand what tilapia can bring you, nutritionally, before adding it to your diet.
There are multiple ways to cook and serve tilapia. This guide focuses on a 5 ounce serving of baked tilapia.
Tilapia is a low-calorie meal. One serving has180 calories.
Tilapia is low in fat. Those who are looking for low-fat foods should know there are 5 grams of fat in one serving.
Tilapia is a good source of protein. One serving has 30 grams of protein.
If you are trying to lower your cholesterol, stay away from tilapia. One serving has 25 percent of your recommended daily value of cholesterol.