1 What is a Pescatarian?
The Pescatarian diet, unlike so many other famous diet plans, is referred to as a diet that has no meat or poultry, except seafood. Unlike many food plans such as vegetarian and vegan, it is mainly based on a plant-based diet and using seafood to replenish Omega-3 and used as a protein source. Unlike other plant-based food consumption use supplements to fill in the missing vitamins and nutrients that their diet is lacking. Although pescatarians do not eat any meat, dairy products are usually not excluded from their diets.
What are kids?
Just kidding - HAHA! If you're reading this I'm sure you already know the answer to that question!
There are no clearly defined rules of being a Pescatarian, which makes this diet versatile and flexible. Some Pescatarians choose to eat both eggs and dairy, while others still refer to these as animal products and take more of a vegan take of this diet.
As for many plant-based and regular diets, there are always pros and cons to them.
Many doctors can vouch for the benefits of switching a child to a pescatarian diet, as long as a strict diet is established and all the necessary nutrients are still being provided. Though these diets may work for some people, it is best to refer to your GP and get advice from a dietician, especially when dealing with kids. Before implementing a diet, you need to look at the realistic picture that could if it is not meant for you, short, and even long-term damage can happen to you and your body.
Protein – Seafood is a great and high source of Omega-3 and minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc.
Health – The Pescatarian diet has a higher nutrients level than other diet plans and the supplements used. It reduces the risks of getting any type of food-borne illnesses, and your eating habits become healthier and more controlled.
Expensive – There is no doubt that fish and shellfish can get quite expensive and small in portions, so picture trying to feed a whole family! It is also tremendously hard to find certain fish and other seafood options when they aren't in season. So you're usually opting for seasonal, expensive fish or frozen fish packets that lack necessary nutrients.
Health – While there are many great health benefits to seafood, too much can expose you to high levels of mercury. This behavior can cause,nerve-damaged if not careful. You also may gain extra weight. Due to the Pescatarian diet not having any strict rules to follow things such as you're still allowed to eat starches, pasta, and even junk food.
2 The risks
An extension of the mercury problems with seafood, it is crucial to be aware of the types of fish you consume and of how much of that type of fish you consume. The mercury list is sectioned into four main groups from least to highest in mercury with fish:
Lowest: Okay to consume daily or weekly
Anchovies, Herring, Sardines, Shrimp, Trout, Squid, Clams, and Crayfish.
Average: Okay to consume 4-6 times per month
Cod, Bass, Lobster, Snapper, Basa, Perch, and Canned Tuna.
High: (okay to consume a couple of times per month)
Halibut, ocean perch, Chilean sea bass, albacore or yellowfin tuna, and Spanish mackerel.
Highest: Do not eat in large consumption
Grouper, Marlin, King Mackerel, Swordfish, Bluefish, Ahi Tuna, and even Shark.
You must be careful of the highest when it comes to the consumption of mercury, and you need to try to remove the high level of mercury fishes consumption as much as possible.
*It is being said that pregnant women stay away from ALL fish from the high to highest lists shown above. Pregnant women have to stay away from all raw fish as well.*
3 How to implement this diet slowly with kids
There are many ways to introduce a Pescatarian diet to children, as too many other consumers of the same diet say it isn't that restrictive. If possible, try to take away meat slowly, replacing all of their favorite meat dishes with fish. The good news (for them) is that they can still have treats and junk food snacks (which to many kids, is more important than a proper meal), and you aren't taking all proteins from their diet.
In Summary, Pescatarian is a great way to introduce a diet slowly as you aren’t sacrificing all protein and nutrients out of their diets. Pescatarian is one of the best diet plan to start with the kiddos.