After a healthy debate with a client several weeks ago over the nutritional benefits of consuming catfish, I decided to do some research to back up my opinions.
Catfish is ranked as one of the most popular fish consumed in the United States thanks to it’s taste and low expense. It also contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids reduces blood pressure and certain cancers, mental decline and reduces inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
However, catfish contains a second type of fatty acid that many of us may not be aware of, omega-6. Like omega-3s, these are polyunsaturated and help lower blood cholesterol levels, however they play a role in clotting function, are inflammatory and susceptible to oxidation, thereby possibly increasing the risk for blood clots, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and cancers.
Does this mean you should stop eating catfish? No! Treat it as eating out or eating a cheeseburger. Everything in moderation. And if you just love the taste of fresh fish try consuming more walleye or fresh salmon. Both of which contain lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids, and higher amounts of omega-3s.