Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I Am A Pescatarian (Pesco-Vegetarian)

Being A Pescatarian
If you've ever wondered who we are, I am one of the many pescatarians.

A pescatarian, or a pesco-vegetarian, is a vegetarian who also consumes

 fish and seafood. This is a type of semi-vegetarian diet. Adding seafood to an otherwise vegetarian diet can make it easier to meet your nutrient needs while still maintaining a mainly plant-based diet.

Nutrients of concern in a vegetarian diet include protein, omega-3 fats, zinc, iron, vitamin B-12, calcium, vitamin D and iodine. Adding fish and seafood to a vegetarian diet helps you meet the recommendations for all of these nutrients, making them less of an issue in your diet. Small fish with bones, including sardines, are a very good source of non-dairy calcium.

The difference between pescatarians and vegetarians is that pescatarians will and do eat fish and shellfish in addition to an otherwise vegetarian diet. Pescatarians do not eat land animals or birds, including chicken, beef, pork and other types of poultry.

We do however eat and enjoy seafood, including fish, mollusks and crustaceans. This includes foods like salmon, tuna, lobster, shrimp, scallops and oysters.

Pescatarians eat any kind of fruit, vegetable, grain, bean, nut or seed.

Some pescatarians rely on beans, nuts and dairy for the majority of their protein, eating fish and seafood on occasion. Others, like myself will eat at least one seafood meal a day.

Pescatarians may or not eat dairy. It's a personal choice. I prefer to stay away from dairy, but have on occasion had some in my diet. If you know someone who is a pescatarian it is always best to ask if they use dairy.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a great day. Be well, healthy, and blessed. Love, Mary


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