A medical practitioner, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, revealed that excessive consumption of catfish could increase the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases.
The practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, who gave the warning, said that catfish contained omega-6 fatty acids, which could increase the level of inflammation in the body. He added that inflammation was the underlying cause of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and diabetes.
He said that although catfish also contained omega-3 fatty acids, which had a lot of health benefits, the ratio of omega-6 was far greater than omega-3 fatty acids. While explaining further, Adeolu said that this made it necessary for the fish to be consumed in moderation to prevent health complications.
“Therefore, you are more predisposed to diseases if you consume a lot of catfish. The optimal ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids is supposed to be four to one, but because the catfish is reared artificially and is fed with synthesized food, the ratio can be up to ten to one,’’ he said.
However he balanced the facts out when he explained that catfish contained a moderate amount of calories per serving or per gram, hence, was an ideal choice for those watching their body weight.