In Taiwan, Tilapia Is Not Only For Eating
Agriculture|August 2017

TILAPIA is considered Taiwan’s national fish. It is tops in terms of volume of production and area devoted for growing the fish. Tilapia is also No. 1 in terms of fish exports from that island nation.

Zac B. Sarian

But tilapia is not just for eating. If you visit the Taiwan Tilapia Ecological and Creative Park at the Kouhu township in Yunlin County, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that there are valuable products derived from the fish. One of them is collagen extracted from tilapia fish scales.

The literature from the ecological park explains: “Collagen is a kind of protein. About 30-40 percent [of what] forms our body is collagen, an important element to maintain the balance of our health.”

The collagen extracted from tilapia fish scales is drinkable. It is packed in 15 ml bottles and is consumed at one bottle per day, preferably before meals or on an empty stomach. A gift pack of 16 bottles costs NT$6,000, equivalent to R10,800 in Philippine money. The collagen can also be used for facial care. It is diluted with a small amount of water before applying on the skin.

Another new product being developed at the Ecological Park is a corneal shield for the eyes, also derived from fish scales. The product is now being tested on laboratory animals like rabbits.

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