Health Benefits of Tilapia

Although Tilapia is relatively new to the American population, Kenyans have been eating it for a long time.  It is a tasty fish that doesn’t have that overwhelming fishy taste or smell.

Tilapia, sukuma wiki and cabbage
Tilapia, sukuma wiki and cabbage

There are many health benefits associated with tilapia ( Kenya food is very good for you–Ndengu (mung beans), kachumbari, etc.)

  • Omega-3 AND Omega-6 fatty acids – Omega-3 fatty acids are generally considered to be anti-inflammatory while omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory.
  • Selenium – Tilapia is a great source of selenium which may reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancers.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – Niacin aids in energy metabolism and, along with vitamin B12, supports optimum nervous system function.
  • Vitamin B12 – Aids in the formation of red blood cells and nervous system chemical messengers or neurotransmitters.
  • Potassium – helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure.
  • Phosphorous – helps form strong bones and teeth.
  • Protein – promotes healthy growth, tissue repair and wound healing.
  • If you substitute tilapia for red meat in meals two or three times a week, you can reduce your overall intake of calories, fat and cholesterol making it a great weight loss food.

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