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Pangasius, a controversial but popular fish

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Introduction

The pangasius, scientifically known as pangasius hypophthalmus, is a fish that is raised in freshwater aquaculture and is one of the most consumed fish in Europe. Although it is a controversial fish, its affordable price and mild flavor make it still popular in some markets.

Origin and characteristics

Pangasius is native to Vietnam and is mainly raised in Asian rivers such as the Mekong. This fish can be up to 1.5 meters long and weigh more than 40 kilos. It has a gray color and white flesh, and almost no thorns, which makes it attractive to many people, especially children.

Nutrition and values

Pangasius is known to be a low-fat, high-protein fish. According to the Spanish Food Composition Database, 100 grams of pangasius contain approximately 13 grams of protein and only 1.2 grams of fat. However, compared to other fish consumed in Europe, such as hake or sole, pangasius has less protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Contamination and food safety

One of the main concerns about pangasius is its provenance and the levels of pollution it may be exposed to. Asian rivers where pangasius are farmed, such as the Mekong, suffer from high levels of pollution. In addition, the presence of mercury has been detected in some pangasius samples, although in quantities that do not exceed the limits established by European legislation.

Recommendations and conclusion

Despite the controversies and concerns, the health authorities assure that the pangasius imported and marketed in Spain is subject to quality and food safety controls. However, it is recommended to consume pangasius within a varied and balanced diet, and to limit its consumption in children. It is also recommended to opt for other fish with better nutritional quality and a more sustainable origin.

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