Saturday, 7 July 2018

Why Eating Catfish is Very Dangerous for Your Health

Catfish pepper soup (Photo: Sisi Yemmie)

Speaking in an interview with reporters Thursday in Abuja, a doctor, Dr. Arikawe Adeolu, revealed that excessive consumption of catfish could increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

According to Vanguard, the practitioner of the Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Abuja, who gave the warning, said the catfish contained omega-6 fatty acids, which could increase the level of inflammation in the body.

He added that inflammation was the underlying cause of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and diabetes. He said that although catfish also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have a lot of health benefits, the ratio of omega-6 was much greater than omega-3 fatty acids.

While explaining further, Adeolu stated that it made it necessary to eat fish in moderation to prevent health complications. "Catfish is rich in two fatty acids - omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids.

"Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the concentration of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream and increase the concentration of good cholesterol in the blood.

"It also helps protect the heart and cardiovascular system from any form of disease, prevents inflammation in the body and helps reduce the amount or concentration of inflammatory substances in the body.

"The basis for most cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and many other diseases that we know today, is chronic inflammation, which means a long-standing inflammation in the body.

"That's where the catfish controversy comes in. Many reports have advised against eating it and because, although it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have many health benefits, contains more omega-6 fatty acids.

"Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory in the sense that they increase the level of inflammation in the body and make it more predisposed to any type of disease.

"When catfish are very active in your diet, you consume more omega-6 fatty acids in your diet than omega-3 protective fatty acids.

"Therefore, you are more susceptible to disease if you consume a lot of catfish." The optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is supposed to be four to one, but because catfish is raised artificially and fed with synthesized food, the ratio can go up to ten for one, "said me.

Adeolu also said that although there was a lot of controversy surrounding the consumption of catfish, it still had some benefits over most of the fish eaten today, adding that catfish was a good source of protein, rich in essential amino acids different tissues in the body.

He explained that catfish contained a moderate amount of calories per serving or per gram, therefore, was an ideal choice for those who monitor their body weight.

According to him, catfish is rich in phosphorus and magnesium, which are essential micronutrients that play an important role in many biochemical processes in the body.

"Catfish has a very small amount of mercury, which is very toxic to the human body and can, when consumed in large quantities, damage the nervous system," said Adeolu.

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