Pescetarian

FISH

“Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”

Benjamin Franklin

No other food has more positive studies conducted in its relationship to the benefits of the heart. This is largely due to omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

What’s So Fishy About Being A Pescetarian?

The word Pescetarian is derived from a combination of the Spanish word for fish – pesco – and vegetarian. Even though a pescetarian’s diet is primarily vegetarian, he or she regularly eats fish and seafood in general. In regards to food, the taboo dishes for a pescetarian include land animals and birds. At times, people use the pescetarian state as a transitional state from meat-eaters to full fledged vegetarians.

Obviously, including fish and seafood in one’s diet has numerous health benefits. Salmon has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and muscle-building protein. It helps to reduce bad cholesterol in the system and prevents heart disease. Tuna has omega-3 fatty acids and protein as well as a host of healthy minerals such as iron, potassium, selenium and phosphorous. It also contains vitamins B12, B6 and niacin. Mackerel contains the essential omega-3 nutrients, as well as vitamins D, B12, B6 and niacin. Sardines are packed with omega-3, potassium, iron, sodium, selenium, protein and vitamin D.

The benefits of a pescetarian diet cannot be denied. In such a diet, fish provides the essential nutrients that are lost when meat is removed from the diet. As a result, the overall health of a person on this diet will greatly improve. The nutrients in the fish prevent heart disease, diabetes and several other diseases. It helps to strengthen bones and muscles as well. There will be a marked improvement in liver health and a reduced risk of developing some types of cancer. Further, fish boosts brain function. Expectant women who eat fish are likely to have more intelligent children than those who do not. Fish is the perfect substitute for meat because it is not exposed to the large amounts of pesticides and insecticides that beef or pork is usually exposed to, which makes it much healthier. In addition, this diet does not support the cruel conditions in which livestock raised specifically for meat are subject to. It is the healthier and more ethical choice of diet.

However, there are some pitfalls to going on this diet. Fish is constantly exposed to contamination when in wild waters. When contaminated fish is consumed by humans, the contaminants can easily be transferred to the consumers. Certain kinds of fish have a high content of mercury. Carnivorous fish like shark, mackerel, swordfish and tilefish are known to have very high levels of mercury in them. If ingested in large amounts, the poison, , causes adverse effects in the body. In children, even in low doses, it can delay walking and talking, shorten attention span, and cause learning disabilities. In adults, it can cause memory loss, vision loss, tremors and numbness in toes and fingers.

The simple remedy to this is to eat fish in moderation. Two to three servings per week is enough to derive all the wonderful benefits from fish. It is recommended that you check the safety that you buy and consume. Types of fish that are low in mercury content include shrimp, salmon, Pollock and catfish.

Also don’t dismiss other “seafood”’ like seaweed and kelp. One Japanese scientist confirmed that by giving people with essential hypertension a hot water drink with kelp extract, their blood pressure went down significantly with no side effects. Others have isolated hypotensive (blood-pressure-reducing) chemicals, including histamine, from this seaweed.

Going on a Pescetarian diet could be the best way to transition from being a meat-eater to a true vegetarian. The health benefits of this diet are numerous. In addition, it does not support the cruel treatment of animals. Try it today.


Livestrong.com, July 7, 2011 “Foods to Lower the Heart Rate
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