Out of the world of “flexitarians” (flexible vegetarians) come pescatarians, aka, people who shun meat but make an exception for fish. Put simply, people following a pescatarian diet eat a vegetarian diet that’s supplemented with fish and other seafood. The name pescatarian itself is a combination of the Italian word for fish, pesce, and the word vegetarian.

Check out the video above to watch seafood enthusiast Stephanie Harris-Uyidi, host of our show The Posh Pescatarian, answer a big question about following a pescatarian diet. Check out more about the show here, and find out where you can tune in.

So What Exactly Is A Pescatarian?

Pescatarians eat a vegetarian diet — a largely plant-based diet of whole grains, nuts, legumes, produce and healthy fats — but seafood often plays a role as a key protein source.  Some pescatarians may eat dairy and eggs, some don’t.

Why Eat Pescatarian?

There are many benefits to following a plant-based diet (our newest show The Big Fat Truth is all about the health advantages of this lifestyle, for example!) including a lower risk of obesity and chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. For example, this study looked at people who ate meat rarely or were pescatarians, finding they had a 22% lower risk of dying from heart disease compared to meat-eaters.

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