Tilapia Fillet Calories and The Debate

What is Tilapia?

calories in tilapia fillet

It belongs to a group of fish whose origin is African, which belongs to the genus Oreochromis. According to its history, it was found in the Nile River more than 3000 years ago. Some historians affirm that Jesus fed Tilapia to a great multitude in the locality of the Sea of Galilee. Because of this, it is called St. Peter’s fish. 

Tilapia is a farmed fish, fast-growing, lean, and short-lived, making it quite beneficial to produce, you can usually find this tilapia fillet on the menu list of seafood restaurants. It’s a low-fat and high-protein fish that has a soft flavor, so it goes well with different sauces, making it easy to incorporate into many other dishes, making it the perfect dish for people trying to lose weight or those watching their diet.


Tilapia Fillet Calories?

The caloric content of the tilapia fillet may vary depending on its preparation and size. An average 3oz (87g) serving of tilapia fillet contains about 120 calories, more than 12 grams of protein per 100g, and less than 1 gram of fat per 100g. A regular serving usually has about 90 calories.


How to cook Tilapia in the oven?

The uncomplicated, tasty plus healthy method to cook the tilapia fillets is by baking them in the oven with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, or cayenne pepper plus lemon juice.


Here is an easy tilapia recipe that will take you just 5 minutes to make:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wash the tilapia fillet under cold water for about 30seconds and pat dry with a paper towel
  • Place the fillet on a baking sheet lined with aluminum
  • foil or parchment paper – Drizzle the fish with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice on both sides of the filet (you can add a few sprigs of fresh oregano.) 
  • Bake for about 12 minutes or until it reaches the level of doneness you prefer


Which vitamins does the tilapia fillet contain?

Tilapia contains vitamins B, D, E, calcium, folic acid, and phosphorus, the former benefiting the body’s nervous system and the latter the skin and bones. 

It’s an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and healthy fats that the body needs to function. 


How to store and keep the fish fresh?

Maintain a stable temperature of 17 degrees below to keep fish fresh longer.  

Once you buy your tilapia fillet from your favorite fishmonger, take it out of its original package and put it in a new, clean container, as it is not recommended to store it in its original packaging. To taste it better is preferable to consume it as fresh as possible. 


The Debate

Tilapia is a scientifically created fish.

There is rigorous debate about whether this cheap and easy fish can be healthy for you. 

These are some claims made by people in general.

Tilapia is not a naturally occurring fish but a hybrid of many other species bred to produce rapid growth and large size. It also states that Tilapia does not grow in nature and is not natural for consumption. You may be thinking, “Well, there are many types of hybrid vegetables in the supermarket.” Of course, there are some hybrids, but most are not produced through genetic engineering.


Reports on farming processes are a cause for concern.

Farmed (aquacultured) fish are raised on farms in controlled environments where they are fed supplements to reach full size quickly and then harvested just before they die in the wild due to stress or disease. In some cases, these farmed fish are genetically engineered to grow faster than usual, which means more profit for the companies that sell them as food products.

According to scientific studies, these doubts about tilapia farming practices are the primary concern.  


So, is Tilapia a real fish (genetically engineered)?

We cannot be sure whether they are transgenic or not. Only by being at the farming site and performing different tests can we be sure of one thing. Or by deeply examining this fish in a laboratory. However, common sense alerts us if we listen to word of mouth.

Objectively, the benefits and risks will depend to a large extent on the type of farming practices. Keep in mind that these practices are different from place to place because of the methods used by the traders. The problem is not only with this type of fish but with similar short-lived fish, such as Tilapia. 

 Therefore, you are the one responsible for your health; you are the person who must conscientiously research what you consume to protect yourself. You choose to be well informed about what fish and other foods to consume.  

Continuing with the debate, it is clear that it will be beneficial for some fish companies to speak wonders about the consumption of this tilapia fish. It is clear that here common sense would have to clarify whether or not it is healthy to consume it or not. 

Sources: fao