Saturday, April 6, 2013

What is Pescetarianism?

Cook Book Recommendation for this diet!
Pescetarianism is when a person omits all meats from their diet, replacing them with only fish and shell fish!

Pescetarianism is similar to many traditional diets emphasizing fish as well as fruits, vegetables and grains.

My daughter decided to change her diet to this pescenarian diet when she was 13. She was a bit over weight at that point, and since then her BMI is at 16%, 3 years later!

I do have concerns of her B12 levels, so we supplement that for her. I also had concerns of her initial, rapid weight loss, but the doctors were pleased with her speedy transformation, and simply completed regular blood testing for nutritional tracking. 

I also have concerns about fish mercury levels, and if you scroll to the bottom of this information, you will find information, and a link to learn how to protect yourself and your family from mercury contamination. You will find which fish to avoid and individual safe amounts to consume for specific fish.

WikiPedia offers the following information on the health concerns:

Health considerations

Japanese nigiri-sushi. Many cultures offer pescetarian-friendly cuisine
One of the most commonly cited reasons is that of health, based on findings that red meat is detrimental to health in many cases due to non-lean red meats containing high amounts of saturated fats.[2][3] Eating certain kinds of fish raises HDLlevels,[4][5] and some fish are a convenient source of omega-3 fatty acids,[6] and have numerous health benefits in one food variety.[7] A 1999 meta-study of five studies comparing vegetarian and non-vegetarian mortality rates in Western countries found that in comparison with regular meat eaters, mortality from ischemic heart disease was 34% lower in pescetarians, 34% lower in ovo-lacto vegetarians, 26% lower in vegans and 20% lower in occasional meat eaters.[8]
On the other hand, there have been concerns cited about consuming large quantities of some fish varieties due to their containing toxins such as mercury and PCBs,[9] though it is possible to select fish that contain little or no mercury and moderate the consumption of mercury-containing fish.[10][11]
Consumer Guide to mercury in Fish:

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