Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers and lakes and less commonly found living in brackish water (mixing of seawater with fresh water)

Tilapia are low in saturated fat, calories, carbohydrates and sodium, and are a good protein source. They also contain the micronutrients phosphorus, niacin, selenium, vitamin B12 and potassium.

Tilapia provides a considerable amount of cholesterol, with 56 mg in 4 oz., or 19 percent of the daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Although this amount is not as high as that found in some cuts of red meat or eggs, tilapia is still relatively high in cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol should be limited to 300 mg or less for most people, as it may increase blood cholesterol in some people if consumed in excess.

Tilapia is rich in protein, with nearly 23 g in 4 oz., or 45 percent of the daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. The protein found in Tilapia is considered “complete” protein, because it contains all of the essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein that must be obtained in the diet. Protein is needed for maintenance of the body’s tissues and also provides a sense of fullness and satisfaction after eating.

A 4-oz. serving of tilapia provides 11.3 percent of the recommended daily amount of calcium and 10 percent of the RDA of potassium. Calcium is important for strong teeth and bones and works with potassium to conduct impulses in the nervous system. Potassium promotes muscle contraction and supports heart function, and diets high in potassium tend to support good bone health.


You can pick up this and all your seafood groceries at:
Ocean Delight 307 Fernandes Business Centre, Eastern Main Rd. Trinidad

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