Catfish (Claria gariepinus) is a freshwater ray-finned fish (white fish) that can live in both freshwater and saltwater. It is widely available as farm-raised fish. This fish has a unique appearance with barbels (whiskers) and.
This fish has the characteristics of a smooth body, elongated flat body, and a long mustache around the mouth.
Catfish contains a lot of protein, is low in calories, omega-3, vitamin B12, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals which are very good for the human body.
Health benefits of eating catfish
1. Catfish help maintain weight balance
Catfish has the power to keep you full and satisfied for a long period. Helping you to stay off overeating thereby making you maintain your weight. This is because catfish contains protein which helps to boost your body’s energy and keep you strong. Catfish provides about 32–39% of the daily protein requirement.
2. Catfish is rich In Vital B Vitamins
Catfish contains Vitamin B12 which is an essential vitamin for the human body. This particular vitamin plays serious in the formation of red blood cells. Equally, these vitamin helps improve brain health. According to research, pregnant women, and infants for example can sometimes have lacked this Vitamin B12. So eating catfish will be of great advantage.
3. Catfish is very important for Muscle-building
From childhood, we have constantly been told and thought about the benefits of eating proteins. Catfish is another way you can use to get proteins. Protein is very important for the body because it helps to build muscles and also maintain lean muscle mass. It is important to note that, 100 grams of catfish can offer you 18.5 grams of protein.
N.B: Catfish is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids
There are two categories of catfish, that is, Farmed catfish and wild catfish. Just as the name explains the difference. These two types of catfish have the same nutrients but to an extent, there are some slight differences.
- There is a less omega-6 fatty acid in wild catfish and more omega-3 fatty acid in it.
- Farmed catfish contains 22 percent of (vitamin B1) meanwhile wild catfish contains more than 22 percent.
Depending on how you love to cook and eat it, catfish can be fried, boiled (cooked in pepper soup), smoked, and also grilled (roasted)