Why Be Pescetarian?

Posted Mon, 08/17/2009 - 3:32pm by Liora Hess

Filed Under:

You've heard the benefits of being a vegetarian, but perhaps the thought of giving up all meat just seems too difficult. Maybe you are concerned about getting enough protein. If so, becoming a pescetarian may be your answer.

Pescetarian is a relatively new word, according to Merriam Webster. Coined in 1993, its source is likely the Italian pesce (Latin piscis, meaning fish) combined with the English arian in the word vegetarian. A pescetarian (or pescatarian) is someone who eats seafood as their only source of meat. They may or may not eat dairy products; however, they do not eat poultry, beef, or any other meat.

Some refer to a pescetarian as a vegetarian who eats seafood. Someone whose diet is composed primarily of fish would be a piscivore. Other synonyms that are sometimes used for pescetarian are fishitarian (or fishetarian) or pesco-vegetarian.

Why be pescetarian?

There are a myriad of reasons a person becomes a pescetarian. Some do it for ethical reasons. Often pescetarianism is part of a transition to a vegetarian diet. Others do it for health reasons. Some choose to eat no other meat because of ethical concerns. For others it is as simple as the diet suits their palate best. Even more eat a pescetarian diet for a combination of these reasons.

The nutritional benefits of eating seafood while avoiding red meat and poultry are many. Unlike most red meat, seafood is typically low in saturated fat, which is the primary cause of high cholesterol. Some fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and can contribute to raising HDL (the good form of) cholesterol and protect against heart disease.

Ethically speaking, a pescetarian diet is kinder to animals and the environment. An omnivorous diet uses more fossil fuels and water and contributes to rain forest depletion and water pollution. Additionally, you do not have to search far to find undercover videos revealing the heinous abuse of livestock.

Finally, eating a pescetarian diet can be easier on the wallet. This is especially true if you eat kosher or organic meat, which can be very expensive.

So what are the downsides to becoming a pescetarian?

Toxicity. Since consuming a large amount of fish high in toxins, such as mercury and PCBs, can be unhealthy, a wise pescetarian makes sure to eat a variety of fish and become educated about which fish should be eaten in limited quantities.

Ethical concerns. While pescetarianism is easier on the environment and avoids the ethical concerns surrounding the care of livestock, some argue that aquatic creatures are sentient beings, meaning they suffer pain.

Fewer food choices. Naturally, as you limit your diet, your food choices will become fewer. However, with a pescetarian diet, you'll still have plenty of choice nearly everywhere you go. Most restaurants offer some vegetarian or fish choices, and if they don't, you can certainly ask for a menu item to be modified.

While a person must weigh the pros and cons of a pescetarian diet, most agree that eating less meat in general is better for health, animals, and the environment. If you are interested in becoming a pescetarian, stay tuned for details about how to make your transition an enjoyable and successful one.

Resources:
Pescetarian Life
The Picky Pescetarian
Pescetarian Living

Comments

1

Today, I became a

Submitted by Lola on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 3:30pm.

Today, I became a pescetarian. For these reasons:

1) Now I can say that I'm a pescetarian

2) My hair is going to be WONDERFUL from all those good omega 3 oils from fish :)

3) Baked tilapia is heaven's food

4) VERY healthy choice... You still get your protein, but have all the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle! <3 

2

ME TOO,ME TOO !!!

Submitted by MarshaT on Tue, 08/31/2010 - 5:12pm.

ME TOO,ME TOO !!!

3

which procedure buddies to

Submitted by Guest on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 9:18pm.

which procedure buddies to one-on-one fights via online multi-player.
used panties

4

I’ve been searching for

Submitted by Guest on Sat, 11/29/2014 - 2:56am.

I’ve been searching for some decent stuff on the subject and haven't had any luck up until this point, You just got a new biggest fan!..
how to get a girl if you are short

5

That is the issue with

Submitted by Guest on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 12:06am.

That is the issue with learners like you. They always want to go on to larger and better factors.Chinchilla facts

6

This week, we are pleased to

Submitted by Guest on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 6:16am.

This week, we are pleased to present work by Ayesha Jatoi, Bani Abidi and Rashid Rana. chandlersca.co.uk/

7

The health care they need

Submitted by Guest on Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:43pm.

The health care they need and ensure that all of their children get a shot at a healthy life. Tomasz Pisarski

8

It is a good news for us

Submitted by Julie Finn on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:23am.

It is a good news for us also. I am thinlking about this seriously. Let me know more about this. see this site

9

I am expecting more updates

Submitted by Trent Prince on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:28am.

I am expecting more updates on health issues. Online is the best source to collect this informations. read this page I also came to know a lot.

10

I am also a vegeterian. It

Submitted by Jerome Best on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:09am.

I am also a vegeterian. It is really good for health. I am a regular visitor of this site.

11

Nice knowledge gaining

Submitted by asdads on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:15am.

Nice knowledge gaining article. This post is really the best on this valuable topic.

Evo WP Themes

12

If you want to break any

Submitted by joannajoel on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:29am.

If you want to break any wifi security just install our software for your PC and apk for your Cell phone. All spots reachable & all spots easily catch. wifi password hack clash of clans hack tool fifa 14 coin generator hay day hack castle clash hack tool playstation plus code playstation plus code generator soundcloud downloader download goat simulator pokemon x and y download

13

We have very secure software

Submitted by denielrichardr on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:30am.

14

I agree with you. This post

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:03pm.

I agree with you. This post is truly inspiring. home warranty dallas home warranty houston

15

And looming large in my eyes

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:04pm.

And looming large in my eyes and in those of everyone else in attendance were these huge breasts of a pyramid beast woman, recast as reproductive machine. american home warranty company
american home warranty service

16

Thanks you very much for

Submitted by stuartlittle1122 on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:42am.

Thanks you very much for sharing these links. Will definitely check this out.. nashville seo

17

Awesome article! I want

Submitted by Guest on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:22am.

Awesome article! I want people to know just how good this information is in your article. It’s interesting, compelling content. Your views are much like my own concerning this subject. seo training

18

Greetings from Florida! I'm

Submitted by Tandem Kayak on Fri, 11/28/2014 - 9:32pm.

Greetings from Florida! I'm bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break.
I love the info you present here and can't wait to take a look when I get home.
I'm shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..
I'm not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, amazing blog!

19

Нello!I could have sworn

Submitted by astuce clash of clans on Sat, 12/20/2014 - 1:24pm.

Нello!I could have sworn Ӏ've visited tҺis site beffore ƅut afteer going throսgh some of the articles I realized
it's neա to me. Ʀegardless, Ӏ'm certainly delighted I discovered іt and
Ӏ'll be bookmarking іt and checking back regularly!

20

In fact, lack of way of life

Submitted by Guest on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:54pm.

In fact, lack of way of life is an everpresent reality; it way of life at the boundary of self and ego and explains our way of life. We are existing because we are not dead; though our daily way of life is packed with the emotional jumble of concepts, feelings, and applications, at another stage we have a low-level careful system that is always looking out for existential threats. the venus factor login

21

I've tried rechargeable

Submitted by Guest on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:40am.

I've tried rechargeable batteries, but they're not long-lasting enough for me). well i had a bit doubt but after i using these cartridges, i have my confidence in this product and will not hesitate to used it again. Sell My Home

22

Within the 'Programs' tab,

Submitted by homenet internet opinie on Sat, 12/13/2014 - 9:00am.

Within the 'Programs' tab, near the top of the menu items, you ought to see another menu inside the form of a drop-down list with options on how you need to open links.
I immediately called her on the behavior and forced her to apologize.

This happens because, newspapers and magazines have a fixed price
based about the size of the advertisement.

23

I went over this website

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:31am.

I went over this website and I believe you have a lot of wonderful information, saved to my bookmarks Elisa Gibbs

Hi, all is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that's actually good,
keep up writing.

25

Some refer to a pescetarian

Submitted by Guest on Sat, 03/29/2014 - 3:40am.

Some refer to a pescetarian as a vegetarian who eats seafood. Someone whose diet is composed primarily of fish would be a piscivore. Other synonyms that are sometimes used for pescetarian are fishitarian (or fishetarian) or pesco-vegetarian. Togel Online

26

This article has some great

Submitted by Guest on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 3:35am.

This article has some great and useful information about this subject. Thank you for sharing it in an easy to read and understandable format. vTemple Run game

27

You make so many great

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:18pm.

You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers. best tire shine product

28

To make a long story short

Submitted by Guestx on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 5:52am.

To make a long story short — be sure to protect the sleep that your child needs and limit TV, especially around bed time. she recommended Marnie Bennett

29

I have read your article, it

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am.

I have read your article, it is very informative and helpful for me.I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. Thanks for posting it..
uce-trading.be

30

Very inspiring and helpful

Submitted by Guest on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:36pm.

Very inspiring and helpful too.Hope you continue to share more of your ideas.I will definitely love to read. Best games

33

In addition to man actually

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:42am.

In addition to man actually ordered myself breakfast every day since My spouse and i became aware of it with regard to him.comment avoir un code psn gratuit

34

The review will help people

Submitted by andrespena121 on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 8:46pm.

The review will help people who have careful trying new business. The experience folk know extensively. Cushion Pads wholesale

35

The review will help people

Submitted by Guest on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:22am.

The review will help people who have careful trying new business. The experience folk know extensively.Steam-e-cigs

36

This is a great post. I

Submitted by Guest on Sun, 09/07/2014 - 2:20am.

This is a great post. I like this topic.This site has lots of advantage.I found many interesting things from this site. It helps me in many ways.Thanks for posting this again.

 

jim humble

 :

37

This is a great post. I

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:13am.

This is a great post. I like this topic.This site has lots of advantage.I found many interesting things from this site. It helps me in many ways.Thanks for posting this again.

 

stop smoking

38

I really loved reading

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:15am.

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to undertand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not tht good. I also found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading, I had to go show it to my friend and he ejoyed it as well!

 

small bouncy castle hire perth

39

I really thank you for the

Submitted by Guest on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:18am.

I really thank you for the valuable info on this great subject and look forward to more great posts. Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty article with me. I am appreciating it very much! Looking forward to another great article. Good luck to the author! All the best!
fut 15 coins

40

Awesome blog. I enjoyed

Submitted by Guest on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:25am.

Awesome blog. I enjoyed reading your articles. This is truly a great read for me. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work!
what time is it in london,

41

People is able to dwell your

Submitted by paytonpayton on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:13am.

People is able to dwell your aspiration along with result in just as much destruction as a possible actual goat through the consolation of their lounge. goat simulator download castle clash hack no survey brave frontier hack no survey wifi hack

42

Thanks for sharing the

Submitted by Guest on Sat, 09/20/2014 - 5:38am.

Thanks for sharing the post.. parents are worlds best person in each lives of individual..they need or must succeed to sustain needs of the family.

 

eye cream for dark circles

43

Thanks for sharing this

Submitted by Guest on Sat, 09/20/2014 - 4:10am.

Thanks for sharing this information. I really like your blog post very much. You have really shared a informative and interesting blog post with people..

 

wrinkles

44

I am happy to find this

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:44am.

I am happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. Thanks for sharing.

 

invest wisely

45

This was a really great

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:27am.

This was a really great contest and hopefully I can attend the next one. It was alot of fun and I really enjoyed myself.. Evelyn Underwood

46

This is just the information

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:00am.

This is just the information I am finding everywhere. Thanks for your blog, I just subscribe your blog. This is a nice blog..
osteopathic medicine

47

Thank you again for all the

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:16am.

Thank you again for all the knowledge you distribute,Good post. I was very interested in the article, it's quite inspiring I should admit. I like visiting you site since I always come across interesting articles like this one.Great Job, I greatly appreciate that.Do Keep sharing! Regards,
chiropractic treatment

48

Thanks for sharing this

Submitted by Guest on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:15am.

Thanks for sharing this quality information with us. I really enjoyed reading. Will surely going to share this URL with my friends.

 

auto insurance price quote

49

Thanks for your post. I’ve

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:28am.

Thanks for your post. I’ve been thinking about writing a very comparable post over the last couple of weeks, I’ll probably keep it short and sweet and link to this instead if thats cool. Thanks.

ipad credit card reader

50

Your work is very good and I

Submitted by Guest on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:42am.

Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. Thank you for sharing great information to us. subway surfers hack android

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

luigi