Tilapia is a bottom-feeding fish, meaning it consumes waste and other products at the bottom of ponds and water bodies. It is a popular fish choice for many people because it has a mild taste.
A lot of tilapia are raised in fish farms. They do not require expensive meat-based foods and grow quite large. A high percentage of tilapia in the United States is imported from China. In China, some tilapia are given feed made from pig feces, which is a concern due to potential bacterial exposure. Tilapia, like other fish, is lean and contains a high level of protein.