Lately, there's been a lot of buzz surrounding different types of diets. Celebrities have even been endorsing certain diets, claiming they've aided in weight loss, better energy levels, and standing for a cause. Even though vegetarianism has been practiced for decades, this diet has sparked the interests of many in the past few years.
Vegetarianism involves a diet that abstains from eating meat. This includes poultry, fish, or any animal product like chicken or beef stock. Research has shown that if you practice vegetarianism, you could lower your risk of heart disease, reduce your cancer risk, and keep your weight consistent. By being a vegetarian, you're also standing up for the inhumane ways some manufacturers slaughter their animals.
Another diet that has received a lot of attention is the pescatarian diet. This diet requires you abstain from eating animal products, with the exception of fish. Pescatarianism isn't technically a vegetarian way of eating, but this diet might be more appealing for health reasons or as a gradual way to become a full vegetarian.
Is there a worry about proper nutrition if you switch to a vegetarian or pescatarian diet?
Some may worry that by making the switch to a vegetarian or pescatarian diet, you may eventually lack vitamin B12, vitamin D, riboflavin, and zinc; which can lead to bigger health issues.
However, whether it's for your health or if you're taking a stand for animals, becoming a vegetarian or pescatarian is a personal choice. Your decision and reasoning doesn't have to match your friend's or family member's. Just as long as you're happy and healthy, that's all that matters.
What else do you need to know about the difference between pescatarianism and vegetarianism?
Author Holli Thompson, CHHC, CNHP, discusses the difference between vegetarian and pescatarian diets, the health benefits and risks associated with these diets, and if you should be switching your diet.