What the Heck is a Pescatarian?

By Sara Butler

Have you heard people say they’re a pescatarian and then thought to yourself “What in the heck is that?” Pescatarians are on the rise, so it will pay off to familiarize yourself with what it is they do. Who knows – you may find it appeals to you so much that you want to give it a try!


A pescatarian is a person who doesn’t eat meat such as poultry or beef but will eat fish and other seafood. Basically, a vegetarian who eats fish.

There are a couple of reasons someone may choose to do this. Either they want their diet to have less of an environmental impact by adding sustainable fish but foregoing other meat, or they add fish in for their health – since many different kinds of fish are heart healthy.

Or maybe they just think fish and shellfish tastes good.

What Do They Eat Exactly?

A pescatarian will eat a mostly plant-based diet full of nuts, whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. Their main source of protein is fish, as well as eggs and dairy. Well, that’s their diet if they’re a healthy pescatarian. Vegetarianism and pescetarianism can be fraught with the dangers of processed foods and junk foods out of convenience too.

On the whole, pescatarians eat:

  • Eggs
  • Shellfish
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains

They avoid:

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Wild game

The Health Benefits

The reason most people choose a plant-based diet like this is because they want to be healthy. Vegetarianism and other plant-based diets have been found to lower a person’s risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as lower their risk of obesity.

Many people who adopt this way of eating like the benefits of a vegetarian diet, but worry about getting enough of the key nutrients that meat often delivers. Vitamin B12, for example, can only be found in animal products, so people who don’t eat meat or other animal products can have a deficiency of it – a deficiency that can lead to major health problems. Adding seafood to the diet allows followers of this lifestyle to have some kind of meat, but sidestep a lot of the ethical and environmental concerns that drive people to plant-based diets in the first place.

So, what do you think? Will you be giving plant-based diets like pescetarianism a go in your future?

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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