Swai or Tilipia? What’s healthier?
So here I sit asked the question, which is better Swai or Tilapia? Believe it or not comparing two fish is like comparing beer and coffee. Basically both are good, but for different reasons and maybe even occasions. Swai fish is excellent because it’s cheap. The origins of Swai fish come from Vietnam. It’s also considered the Asian catfish. The catfish farmers in America worked really hard to remove catfish from their name, so the fisherman just shrugged and gave it its real name, Swai.
Tilapia originated from Africa. However, it’s a heavily farmed fish from Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and now here in the Untied States. So you have to ask yourself is Tilapia better for you? Well from the stand point of taste, Swai and Tilapia are similar. However, Swai is a catfish, thus has a sturdy texture. Tilapia is a much flakier fish.
From the stand point of nutrition, the “Mayo Clinic” explains that they are both about the same in nutrition. So eating both is good for you.
However, my friends asked for my opinion. And that’s where cooking comes into play. First things first, if you love fresh fish, Tilapia is always more fresh than Swai. That’s because Swai cannot be farmed in the United States due to the lobbyists who protect catfish farmers in America. Next, Tilapia lives in cheap spaces. They pretty much thrive in any water system. So ponds are a good place for them. Thus Tilapia can grow in America, but almost always are imported from China or Taiwan. Picking Tilapia is almost as important as selecting a fish.
Swai fish in this country is strictly monitored. So yes, buy it and enjoy it. However, Tilapia can come from various countries and places. I’d watch it carefully before buying. But if you believe in my movement, you’d probably be keen on fish anyway. You probably select your fish knowing its sustainable or of good quality right?
So what’s the verdict? Both. Buy Swai for every day cooking. If you want to deep fry fish, Swai is perfect. If you want to pan fry? Swai is okay. If you want to steam? Swai is okay. Now Tilapia? All three ways of cooking are okay. But when it come to sashimi? The only way of uncooking fish? Well Swai is out of the question. You cannot eat Swai fish raw. Thus, “sashimi grade” Tilapia is a good choice. Make sure to check your labels.