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Rise & Grind Wednesday: Am I a bad mother? Would you tell your daughter the truth?

Yesterday, while perusing my Facebook account (more specifically, looking in on my kids’ pages, so I know what’s happening in their life, like – oh, like they left town and forget to tell me :) …),  I noted that my beloved daughter had cooked up a delicious platter of Tilapia.

Generally speaking, I am all for fish, because it is delish, (oh that rhymes – fish/delish – I feel like Dr. Seuss) and you get twice as much bang for your calorie buck than you do with red meat (one ounce of fish is approx. 50 calories; one ounce of beef is approx. 100 calories!!!).

However, farm-raised Tilapia, one of the most popular fish in America, has very low levels of omega-3s (the beneficial kind of omegas) and it has very high levels of potentially detrimental omega-6-fatty acids.  (Source:  Dr. Andrew Weil)

Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory.   Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint disease, skin and the digestive tract.

Dr. Weil tells us,  “Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.

“The anti-inflammatory diet is a blueprint for a lifetime of optimum nutrition. Simple changes in how you eat can help counteract chronic inflammation, a root cause of many serious diseases, including:

* Heart disease
* Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
* Age-related disorders, including many cancers
* Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus” 

(for more information on Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, click here!)

So – do I ‘comment’ on her Facebook page with a “NO!!! Don’t eat the Tilapia?” – which may be an ‘inflammatory remark.’  Do I call them up, just as they are about to chow down?  Or … do I wait till their dinner is over; or the next day to comment?   Cause seriously, how bad can one serving of pro-inflammatory fish be?  Or … do I Blog about it and hope they read it?

What would you do?

Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice Taylor
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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tanusha

    That’ss pretty interesting! I am a big Fish fan too and I live on an island! :) We get good fresh fish here and my parents are wonderful cooks!

    I would recommend you bring up the subject to them on the next occasion you meet your children. They would know about the tilapia and know not to choose this fish. As for now there is no point in trying to stop them from eating a nicely cooked tilapia :)

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