Catfish benefits and side effects. Pros and cons of eating catfish.
Catfish is one of the safest fishes to health because it is packed with essential nutrients that the body craves for. Catfish is good for all categories of individuals including children and pregnant women. Catfish is used to make pepper soup, stew, all soups types, Porridge, rice, beans and other cuisines. Catfish is eaten cooked, fried, smoked, grilled or dried. I am going to specially talk about the health benefits of eating smoked or dried catfish in another article, not today.
For today, I want to broadly talk about the pros and cons of eating catfish (disadvantages and advantages of eating catfish) you should know.
Catfish nutrition facts 100g/Nutritional value of catfish
A serve of catfish contains;
*Fat: 2.9 grams.
*Protein: 18 grams.
*Sodium: 50 mg.
*Vitamin B12: 121% of the Daily Value (DV)
*Selenium: 26% of the DV.
*Phosphorus: 24% of the DV.
*Thiamine: 15% of the DV.
Catfish is also rich in iron, vitamin A and vitamin C.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CATFISH
👉Catfish supplies the body with vitamin B12 which improves the mental health, prevents heart disease and treats anemia.
👉 Helps in weight loss: it is recommended for people watching their calorie count.
👉Excellent source of lean protein: catfish supplies the body with lean protein essential for the repair and building of the body tissues and muscles.
👉Great source of omega 3 fatty acids: It contains omega 3 fatty acid which is linked to strength, healthy heart, and skeletal muscle improvement.
👉Catfish benefits for skin
Catfish contains protein and omega 3 fats, both of which are essential for healthy-looking skin.
Protein which is the building block of the human body provides a kind of protein, called collagen, that makes the skin feel tight and not wrinkled, and soft to touch.
While the omega fatty acids provide moisture to the skin, making it look plump and smooth.
Healthy skin is one of the health benefits of eating catfish.
👉Benefits of catfish in pregnancy
Catfish is rich in proteins, vitamins like vitamins A , C and folic acid which is very useful for the developing foetus in the womb. Catfish is good for pregnant women
👉Catfish and cholesterol
Is eating catfish bad for cholesterol? Is cat fish high in cholesterol? Catfish is rich in good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) and (low in bad cholesterol) which is good for the heart. You find very low levels of bad cholesterol and saturated fats in catfish.
👉Catfish and weight gain
Catfish does not cause weight gain as widely speculated. Catfish has low calories not enough to make you fat.So if you are watching your weight, you can eat catfish
👉Is catfish good for high blood pressure
People living with hypertension can eat catfish..it is safe to eat catfish if you are managing high blood pressure. Just take your BP drugs and you will be fine.
Side effects and disadvantages of eating catfish…
Inspite of the pros, eating catfish has some cons that is worth mentioning….You stand a risk of Mercury Poisoning if you eat too much of catfish. Mercury Poisoning from fishes have been linked to autism in children and Alzheimer’s disease. The good news is, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed catfish as one of the seafoods that is least contaminated with mercury.
Now that I have discussed the pros and cons of eating catfish, I think I will end this article here.
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