Nutritional considerations and benefits associated with consumption of catfish in SouthWest Nigeria

Nutritional considerations and benefits associated with consumption of catfish in SouthWest Nigeria

Author by Dr. Oyewole Oyerinde

Journal/Publisher: Scholars Research Library

Volume/Edition: 3

Language: English

Pages: 4094 - 4098

Abstract

In many parts of Nigeria, consumption of catfish has been regarded as part of exclusive delicacies for the upper
class, although, the cost is within the rich of the majority. Catfish is one of the major sources of omega-3 fatty acids,
which is a very important nutrient that protects the body against some of the most common deadly noncommunicable

diseases, especially cardio-vascular diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids consist of docosahexaenoic acid
(DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are essential fatty acids that need to be supplied regularly in human
diets. This retrospective and descriptive cross-sectional survey among 259 consenting respondents and 50 catfish
farmers reflected the level of acceptability of consumption of catfish and the challenges being confronted by catfish
farmers. Poor awareness of the potential health benefits associated with consumption of catfish has contributed to
lack of interests among the general populace. In addition, low production leading to poor availability plays a
crucial role in the consumption pattern of catfish. It is important for stakeholders in catfish production to create
more awareness on the potential health benefits associated with its consumption as a means of promoting public
health through diets.  

Key words: Catfish consumption; health benefit; omega-3 fatty acids and cardio-vascular diseases.


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