The Pangasius Fillets also known as the Basa fish is commonly sold in the form of frozen fillets all over Europe, at a relatively cheap price, which is the reason behind its popularity.
However, not many people are aware that this fish originates from Vietnam and it is very low in quality, meaning that it can cause some serious negative effects on your health.
The Basa fish is cultivated in Vietnam near the Mekong River, which happens to be one of the most polluted rivers in the world. It is cultivated in sewage pools that contain high levels of toxins as well as bacteria, that end up stuck in the meat. On top of this, the meat has been found to contain isomers, heavy metals, chlorate, as well as hexachlorobenzene and other harmful compounds.
It is because of these harmful toxins that the fish is banned in the U.S. aside from the fact that it contains antibiotics on top of all.
Overall, it is important to note that the fish is highly unhealthy and hazardous for human consumption as it is fed with waste material. Naturally the fish grows 4 times faster, unlike the Basa fish sold in our local supermarkets which is injected with hormones and various antibiotics to make it look bigger. Scientific studies have found growth accelerating hormones in the fish.
The fish is finally then sold to big companies that have little to no regard for human health, which can be clearly acknowledged by the fact that it is sold largely for low prices, in order to attract supermarkets and their customers to buy them.
Despite being decent in taste, the fish is nutritionally deficient and doesn’t contain omega-3 oils or other essential nutrients found in naturally grown fish. We highly advise you to avoid it the next time you go grocery shopping.