Vegetarians Eating Fish
During the second half of November, I gave
six Notmilk talks
in three different states (Colorado, New York, and
and met hundreds of people who described themselves in one
of four categories as being either omnivores, vegans,
vegetarians who eat fish.
Many people make the transition from meat
vegetarian because they no longer want to be responsible
causing pain to animals, yet, many of these same
people continue to eat
fish and incorrectly rationalize
that fish have no feelings and do not
death-related pain or trauma.
Many people make the
transition from meat eater to
vegetarian because they recognize the
negative health reasons
associated with animal protein, yet, many of
people continue to eat fish and incorrectly rationalize
that fish are not animals, and therefore are safe to eat.
I do not
eat seafood because of health and ethical
reasons. If you seek more
either factor, please visit PETA's website:
The amount of information on that website will pull you
line, and sinker.
I am primarily concerned with your body and your
When you eat animal proteins, be they from fish, eggs,
chicken, beef, pork, or dairy, they will create an
acid condition in your
blood. Imagine the essence of
stinky rotten eggs infusing into your
We cannot afford to lose bone density, but this is
your body compensates, by leeching calcium from
your bones in order to
neutralize the acid. Dr. William
Castelli, lead researcher of the
Framingham heart study
(America's largest heart study) identifies
as the key to all heart disease.
contains a large amount of cysteine and
methionone, the two amino acids
which your body uses
to manufacture homocysteine. Methionine and cysteine
contain sulfur as their center atom.
So, that is the primary reason I
avoid seafood, even
though I once enjoyed eating mollusks and fish.
with the way they are harvested, and the concentrated
chemicals within their flesh, I've eliminated seafood
from my diet.
If you were eliminating one food group at a time,
with the goal of
eating a plant-based diet as I do,
here is the order that I would advise
give up food groups:
As a rule, the higher up one goes
on the food chain,
the more concentrated are the toxins, heavy metals,
pesticides, dioxins, and PCBs in their flesh and
body fluids. Most
seafood is unlike farm-raised meats
in that regard.
predatory in nature, and large fish eat thousands
of smaller living
creatures before you ultimately ingest
their body fat and proteins. The
same cannot be said for
farm-raised animals eating a plant-based diet.
those vegetarians who still eat fish should be aware
of beef, chicken and fish, the seafood choice
might be the least healthy
of the three.