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    Catfish??

    Hi all,
    I need some opinions on catfish please. I have seen on this forum experienced HCGers say catfish is ok for P2, and I've seen it on white fish lists that are supposedly ok. I am new to the world of fish so got some catfish the other day to try out. First time I ate it I broiled it and loved it, did not appear oily at all.

    Today I pan cooked it and was SHOCKED....it was SO OILY! Oil splattered all over my stovetop, pan had pools of oil. I really need to make a grocery store run so had nothing else to cook, and ate it anyway. Have I made a serious error??

    Just now I googled P2 catfish and these websites came up saying absolutely no catfish Now I am freaking out a little. I know not everything can be on this forum but I don't understand why it would not have been made very clear somewhere in threads on here that catfish is definitely NOT ok. I am so confused and would really appreciate anyone's input or experience with catfish.

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    Catfish is considered a white fish just like tilapia, halibut etc. There is no reason you can't eat it on hcg.

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    Technically, catfish is a white fish. Pounds and Inches mentions that you should have FRESH white fish. Was the catfish fresh or frozen? I'm not sure about cooking catfish on the stovetop. You didn't add any oil, right?
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    Nope definitely did not add oil, lol. It was previously frozen but I know Colleen ate frozen fish a lot on P2 and others whom I consider wise HCGers also eat frozen fish.

    " Be careful when choosing a fish, there are some sources of fish that are very high in fat such as salmon, catfish, tuna and eel. "

    That is quoted from some random hcg site that popped up on Google.

    And another one:
    "Not Allowed: Salmon, eel, tuna, catfish, herring, dried or pickled fish, or any other oily fish."

    What the heck

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    Pounds and Inches just states "fresh white fish". I'd see how it affects you, if at all, before buying/eating any more. If you stall or gain, you'll know for sure.
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    If you want to follow protocol then it's allowed because it's a white fish. I wouldn't worry about the rules a random site made up. All sites have made up their own rules that they present as protocol when they really aren't original protocol they are just the way that site prefers things to be done (including this site).

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    Ok thanks poobears. I'm hoping someone someday who has actually cooked catfish while in P2 can relate to this and how horrifyingly oily it is, white fish classification aside. Since the whole point is to not consume any fat, including no fats or oils on the skin, and consuming oils will disrupt the entire process of the diet...I really find it hard to believe it is okay. I mean, damn, if that's protocol then why am I not just saving all my catfish drippings and coating my veggies in it at every meal...

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    It's just like the lean ground beef and steaks, they may be lean but they still produce oil when you cook them but you drain it off you don't eat it or add it to other foods.

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    That's a good point. And that is exactly why I never eat any kind of beef on P2, because it does have more fat than something like shrimp or scallops. Now knowing that catfish is similar to steak in its fat content, I will steer clear. I was really not expecting it and could find no cautions on this fish in the forums. So now there is a thread for anyone else who is curious and can be a better informed HCGer just because something is technically following P&I it doesn't mean we should consume blindly.

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    It's totally up to you if you want to eat it or not. But it's not off protocol if anyone wants to eat it.

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    Oh yeah, for sure...by all means. Eat away.

    Since the category of "white fish" is so vague and includes a dizzying variety of fish, most of which I have no previous experience cooking personally, it's been pretty surprising learning how much difference there is between what falls under that blanket category. Call me nave haha but I thought all white fish were fairly oil free like haddock/cod and figured that's why Dr. S didn't specify, because they weren't much different so why bother. But nope.

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