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Tilapia vs Sutchi – Which Is a Better Nutritional Option for Building Muscle?


Tilapia and sutchi have been growing in popularity recently. While they both have nutritional profiles that make them suitable to a bodybuilder’s diet, but there are differences that matter. In fact, what’s troubling is that there are confusing news about both types of fish.

Sutchi fillet is also known as Pangasius or white catfish. If you compare the two, you will instantly notice the price difference. Tilapia is the more expensive one while Pangasius is actually very affordable. There is more to say about this one though. It usually comes from Vietnam, where it is being farmed in highly polluted areas, with loads of industrial waste. Supermarkets sell this fish freely, despite of repeated warnings. Have a look at the Mekong River to understand the level of pollution.

There’s a generalized danger with fish from Asian waters these days because of the recent nuclear disaster in Japan. Perhaps it would be better to rely less on fish meat and to replace it with other sources of protein such as beans to get ripped.

Tilapia tastes very good, even better than salmon, some say. This is great news, considering that it’s so much cheaper usually. Also, it’s got a great amount of protein but without the fat you get from a portion of salmon, so you may want to consider this aspect when making a choice. Grilled appears to be the best way to have it. It’s lean, pretty much like chicken, so it poses no problem during your cut period.

Sutchi tastes like cod, but it’s much cheaper. Given this and its low price, it seems like a very good deal for bodybuilders as a protein source. However, the pollution danger, the contaminants in the meat takes away all the benefits and can get one into trouble. Also, the way they’re fed is pretty scary, too: they are on a diet of all sorts of waste products, not to mention that the entire Vietnam farming procedure is actually non-sustainable. Because the fish isn’t fed as it’s supposed to, it is also injected with hormones. All in all, it’s easy to farm and this is done without care to the harmful agents in the environment, so this explains the low price. However, you can’t be sure of what you have in your plate.

Tilapia tastes great and is easily on the digestion. It has a low fat content and delivers good quantities of protein. It’s got plenty of Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids though. Note that in 100 g of tilapia you only get as little as 2 g or even less of total fat. It isn’t exactly in the unhealthy range, as some studies would claim. After all, how much of it are you going to eat?

Considering this Omega 3 and 6 ratio, you may be tempted to think tilapia is better than salmon, but it isn’t. The ratio in salmon is superior. Between tilapia and sutchi, though, the first one makes a better choice, as we may conclude from this information.

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