The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish each week, or about 7 ounces per week, to help reduce your risk for heart disease. Consuming tilapia regularly may provide other health benefits, but certain population groups should limit fish consumption due to potential contaminants such as mercury.
Protein : Tilapia is a high-quality, complete protein and contains all the essential amino acids your body requires from your diet to help build proteins. One 3.5-ounce portion of tilapia cooked using dry heat contains about 26 grams of protein. The Institute of Medicine recommends adult men consume at least 56 grams of protein, adult women consume at least 46 grams and pregnant and nursing women consume 71 grams of protein each day.
Omega-3s: Tilapia is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for growth and development in children and brain function. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 4 ounces of tilapia contains about 150 milligrams of DHA plus EPA, two important omega-3s. According to the Institute of Medicine, adult men should consume at least 1,600 milligrams of omega-3s and adult women require 1,100 milligrams of omega-3s each day.
Weight Control: Eating tilapia on a regular basis may help you control your body weight. Tilapia is naturally low in fat, and only contains about 128 calories in each 3.5-ounce portion. According to a study published in a 2006 edition of