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Fish or Doughnuts? Which is worse?

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It's funny the things you hear from people who have been exposed to health advice from the major media outlets.  Recently a coworker was heard to say that eating cod fish could be as bad for you as eating doughnuts.  When asked to explain she said she had heard it from a radio show host.  This coworker is an intelligent lady with a nursing background.

I dug around a little to try to find the source of this information.  It turns out John Tesh had made reference to a report that found farm grown tiilapia to have higher amounts of omega-6 fats that some other fish.  The report went on to discuss how getting too much omega-6 fats could possibly be detrimental to your health.  It cited no studies actually showing this, it was all just conjecture.

There was no experiment to see if feeding tilapia fish to one group of people and some other fish with a better ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 oils to some other group of people would result in any difference in the health of the people studied.

Incidentally, cod fish has what is considered a "good ratio" of omega oils.

So, not only had the listener substituted a different kind of fish into the story, she had also done the equating it with doughnuts in her own head apparently from a random comment that the radio host made.  This kind of thing happens all the time and so it is important to be careful about the sources you get your health advice from.

But, lets take a look at the nutritional differences between cod fish and doughnuts, just for fun.

Here is a recipe for yummy glazed doughnuts:

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast  [May contribute to yeast overgrowth]
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees) [Everyone needs water, right?]
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk [Pasteurized milk is not good.]
  • 1/2 cup white sugar [excess sugar will cause fat storage, and oxidizes cholesterol (not good)]
  • 1 teaspoon salt [typically comes with anti-caking chemicals that cause problems]
  • 2 eggs [Hey something good for you!]
  • 1/3 cup shortening [generally hydrogenated, causes hormonal imbalance]
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour [all purpose flour clogs up and burdens the body, causes nutritional deficiencies]
  • 1 quart vegetable for frying [vegetable oils are bad for you, fry them and they are even worse]
  • 1/3 cup butter [This is actually a healthy fat]
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar [Even more excess sugar causing problems]
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla [Usually artificial, so not good]
  • 4 tablespoons hot water or as needed [More water]

So you can see that the doughnuts negatives outweigh the positives by quite a bit  Avoid them if you desire health.

Now lets take a look at cod fish.

  • It is a good source of complete protein. [Required for all healing and building in the body]
  • It is a good source for selenium, phosphorus, and potassium. [Important minerals for human health]
  • Also contains vitamins B3, B6, and B12. [Important for human health.]
  • Contains fish oils [Can be good or bad, depending on circumstances]
  • It is possible to get a tiny bit of mercury depending on how and where the fish grew. [Not good in large amounts]

It looks to me like the cod fish has the good stuff outweighing the negatives.

There really is no comparison of fish to doughnuts.  One is food, one is junk.  I hope you can tell which is which.

By the way, the report about fish oils being bad or good is also a result of bad science.  It should be noted that studies on omega-3 oils have been very misleading and misinterpreted.   Omega-3 oils are actually not "essential" and can actually cause health problems.  When consumed they should always be consumed with saturated fats, which keep them from doing their damage.  The best way to consume them of course would be in whole natural foods, so that you get all the important stuff that goes with them and allows them to be of use to the human body.  It is hardly ever a good idea to concentrate some part of a natural food and consume it in large quantities.  It will nearly always lead to imbalance in the body.

For more on Omega oils read this.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 20:44  

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