Tilapia is a type of fish that does not contain as many calories as some of the fatty fishes available on the market. Tilapia is lean, yet high in protein, containing just over 100 calories per four-ounce serving size.
In order to keep calories low, Tilapia should be prepared naturally. This means leaving off the flour, egg and batter for deep frying. A light spray or olive oil used when baking the fish can substitute the high fatty butters and grease, keeping the calorie content low. Fresh herbs and seasonings add few to no calories, so use them in excess to flavor up the fish.
One ounce of Tilapia equals about 25-30 calories. If you are looking to cut your calories and are watching how much you consume, it is best to rely on a food scale to do the measuring for you. Keeping this calorie count in mind will help guide you in how much Tilapia fish you should consume.
Tilapia is rich in protein and contains no carbohydrates. In four ounces of fish there are 23 grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat. Fish can be high in cholesterol, so if you are watching how much you consume, note that Tilapia contains about 55 mg of cholesterol per four ounce piece. The cholesterol is low in comparison to beef or other fatty meats.
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