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Tilapia good for diabetics?

Posted on September 24, 2012 | No Comments on Tilapia good for diabetics?

The answer whether tilapia is good or bad for diabetes is yes and no. Tilapia is a fresh water fish that is a popular menu in the Philippines especially over the grill during picnics and swimming trips. Tilapia is good because it has no carbohydrates, which means it will not a direct impact on a diabetics blood sugar level. As a fish, it is rich in fiber compared to red meat, which is helpful for diabetics in reducing the risk of arterial hypertension.

Tilapia also contains many important nutrients that are helpful for the body. For one, it contains selenium which according to certain reaches helps balance or normalizes glucose levels in the blood. The fish is also rich in vitamin E and vitamin C. The former plays an important role in maintaining a healthy thick skin as diabetics are vulnerable to skin diseases while the latter helps in lowering oxidative stress and boosting a person’s immune system. These are important to prevent sickness to which diabetics are vulnerable. Finally, tilapia is a good source of niacin, which can lower cholesterol levels which aids in enhancing blood circulation especially in the small arteries.

Despite these nutritious benefits of Tilapia, it also has it downsides. According to medical studies, farmed-raised tilapia has potentially hazardous fatty acids. Tilapia contains very low levels of the good omega-3 fatty acids, and high levels of the unfavorable omega-6 fatty acids. Nutritionists claim that imbalances of these essential fatty acids negate their healthful benefits. Moreover, since most tilapias available in the market are farmed grown, farm growers may include in the fish’s diet chemical compounds that could be carcinogenic and harmful to consumers in the long run. In lieu of which, consumers should be more cautious and meticulous in selecting the tilapia they buy.

Based on the foregoing discussion, including Tilapia in the nutritional diet of diabetics should be regulated. Much like any other food, tilapia is good but should be taken in moderation. Moreover, it would be more advisable to serve the fish boiled and fried with canola oil.

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