Thinking of Going Pescatarian? These 5 Food Groups Are Essential, According to a Dietitian
There's always some new diet fighting for the spotlight, but with its Mediterranean-style roots and emphasis on plant-based foods, the pescatarian diet is likely here to stay. Still not sure what it is exactly? Pescatarians follow what's essentially a vegetarian diet — focused on vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds — but with the addition of fish and seafood for a bit of animal-based protein.
The pescatarian diet is high in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats. According to Brigitte Zeitlin, RD, MPH, owner of BZ Nutrition in New York City, including fish in an otherwise vegetarian diet also adds in vitamin B12, which is only found naturally in animal proteins. Strict vegetarians are frequently B12-deficient.
"B12 deficiency can lead to anemia and fatigue, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, irritability, and anxiety," Brigitte told POPSUGAR. "Including fish can help prevent all these things and still work to meet your health goals of lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. The pescatarian diet can also help you maintain a healthy weight, since it focuses on fresh produce and only includes the leanest sources of animal protein: fish and seafood." Keep reading to find out exactly how to fill your plate.