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Why You Should Consider a Pescatarian Diet

You probably have a friend or family member (or two!) who's a full-blown pescatarian, only eating fish and never indulging on other forms of 'meat'. But what are the benefits to enjoying a diet full of seafood? Today on the Chemist.co.uk blog, we're looking at just a few.

It's the perfect piece to read if you're considering a pescatarian diet, or if you'd simply like to reduce your intake of pork, beef, chicken and lamb. Read on...

It May Improve Your Health

A pescatarian diet is believed to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis and even some forms of cancer.

The model pescatarian diet contains low amounts of fats and oils and high fibre, so make sure you're not just 'eating fish for eating fish sake'. Instead, ensure you also consider what else you're eating. It's all well and good enjoying a fish diet, but are you supplementing it with crisps, cake and chocolate? Eat a balanced, healthy diet in general and you'll feel better and give yourself the best chance of warding off some of the illnesses above.

Packed with iron, fish is also very low in saturated fat, while containing large quantities of polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids - ideal for a healthy diet all-round. Don't like eating too much fish? Try supplementing your diet with Nature's Aid Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules.

It Could Mean You Live Longer

So this one ties in with helping to improve your health; who wouldn't want to live longer?! Research has confirmed that a pescatarian diet has positive impacts on chronic disease and lower mortality rates, in comparison to diets which include meat like beef, lamb and chicken.

It Lowers Your Carbon Footprint

Compared to a standard diet, a pescatarian one can help reduce your carbon footprint. You may not realise it, but white and red meat are big offenders when it comes to greenhouse emissions. Often, cows, sheep, pigs and chickens are raised cruelly in factory farms. These can be a breeding ground for disease, but seafood - which can be bought wild - can lower carbon footprints significantly.

It Can Help You Lose Excess Fat

Trying to lose weight? A pescatarian diet will make it that bit easier. When you're eating the right foods, you'll feel fuller for longer, which will mean you're not quite so tempted to dip into your stash of snacks. Research actually confirms that pescatarians tend to maintain a lower level of body fat than us eaters. It's certainly tempting us to give it a go; what about you?

Ready to take the leap and try a pescatarian diet? Why not try it for one month only and see if you can make the huge lifestyle change going forward? It may benefit your health, which will help you feel better in no time at all.

Not sure what to cook as a pescatarian? BBC Good Food has plenty of great recipes; take a look at this haddock with cannellini beans, or this cod with an orange and dill crumb.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately

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