Recently, we’ve seen many people shifting towards a pescatarian or vegetarian diet, or at least cutting back on how much meat they consume. Plant-based diets are becoming more popular than ever, as research shows that people who eat more fruit, vegetables, and nuts live longer than those who consume too little. If you’re interested in cutting back on your meat intake but don’t want to give up seafood, pescatarian may be a great choice for you! Continue reading to learn about all the benefits of following a pescatarian lifestyle.
What Is A Pescatarian Diet?
To break it down, a pescatarian diet is basically a vegetarian diet that includes consuming seafood. While not all vegetarians eat dairy and eggs, pescatarians can eat them if they choose. Technically, this is called “Lacto-Ovo-pescetarianism,” but it’s just as acceptable to simply identify as a pescatarian if you eat dairy and eggs. Those who choose a pescatarian lifestyle are often those who want to cut back on their consumption of meat but want to ensure they have enough protein and nutrients in their diet. Since seafood is a great source of protein and many nutrients, it makes sense that many people are turning towards a pescatarian diet.
Reduces Risks Of Multiple Diseases
It’s been scientifically proven that in general, people who follow a pescatarian diet are healthier than omnivores. People who follow a plant-based diet and get the majority of their calories from plants (vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians included,) have a lower risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that everyone who eats meat is unhealthy, and doesn’t mean that we should stop eating all types of meat. Pescatarians are generally healthier than omnivores because they make a conscious decision to live a healthy lifestyle and add more nutrients to their diet, which typically includes more organic food and less junk food.
As mentioned above, switching to a pescatarian diet can drastically increase your micronutrient intake. Seafood includes great vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin A, B2, C, and E, as well as carotene, calcium, folate, phosphorus, and fiber. Pescatarians also get more omega-3 fatty acids than those who don’t eat seafood as often, which brings many benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, decreasing systemic inflammation, improving mood, cognitive performance, and brain health, and helping to prevent weight gain.
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