The Winston Salem Journal and its insistence that researchers have discovered the "possible dangers of tilapia" has received quite a lot of media attention. It’s reporting goes so far as to suggest that people should be warned against eating it because it might be "risky" and going as far as to quote a researcher who suggests eating bacon or ground beef might have more healthful properties. This illogical accusation is based on the fact that tilapia, a mild and inexpensive fish, is richer in omega-6 fatty acids than it is in omega-3s. Omega-6s are a type of fat that is generally healthy, but too much may not be ideal. Doctors and dietitians don’t yet agree on the perfect amount of omega-6s in the diet. But what an impressive panel of 16 doctors does agree on is since fish like tilapia are, “relatively low in total and saturated fats and high in protein, they clearly can be part of a healthy diet.” (source: NFI)
Debate over Omega-6s confuses consumers - Journal Articles Leave even some Seafood Scientists Scratching their Heads
Coalition of Drs Reassure Consumers about Tilapia - Letter from experts takes aim at sloppy suggestion that tilapia is unhealthy.
An Open Letter - regarding recent reports that low-fat fish like tilapia are unhealthy.
World Renowned Clinic Says Don't Give Up Tilapia - Dietitians from the world renowned Mayo Clinic say Americans should not stop eating tilapia, despite sensational media reports that question its health benefits....
Coalition of Researchers Take the Wind out of Tilapia Study’s Sails - And then the other shoe drops-for days now we've been battered with misguided, poorly researched news reports that repeat from the rafters a sensational claim that bacon and doughnuts might have more healthful properties than tilapia....
Tilapia Story - a preferable perspective? - Nothing, if not polite.
Tilapia Story Tainted By Journalistic Mistakes - The Winston Salem Journal’s Executive Editor responds!
Sensational Tilapia Story Begins to Unravel - So, despite the warnings to the media it's happened again. A reporter eager for a sensational headline has botched a story about seafood science and in the process created an unnecessary scare.
Fish Belong on Frontline of Heart Disease Fight - Harvard Doctor says Seafood should be Medicine, Not Just Dinner