Fish vs. Chicken: Is a pescatarian lifestyle healthier?

With all the health concerns, diet fads, and nutrition based lifestyle changes, it makes one wonder… Do these changes really work? Both chicken and fish are low in fat and have low calorie counts, and are both good sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

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Benefits of Fish

Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which is an essential fat that our bodies need to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduces inflammation. Omega 3 also helps with the prevention of cell damage.

Of course omega-3 acids aren’t the only benefit that fish have to offer. Fish are rich in calcium (Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium) and phosphorus which is needed for the development of healthy teeth and bones. Trace minerals that are found in fish such as, zinc and iodine, are necessary for the boost of our immune systems, metabolism, and  production of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential to the development of the brain and bones during pregnancy and infancy. Vitamin B2 is one of those vitamins that assist with a little bit of everything, such as boosting our immune systems, maintaining healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and mucous membranes.

Something else you didn’t know about fish, it can help with building muscle and muscle contractions this is due to their magnesium and potassium content. A lot of people don’t believe that fish contains enough protein to build muscle, but it does. An 8 ounce portion of salmon contains 54 grams of protein, an 8 ounce portion of cod contains 41 grams, and an 8 ounce portion of shrimp contains 61 grams.

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Benefits of Chicken

Guess what? Chicken has omega-3 fatty acids, but contains lesser amounts with higher saturated fat contents. If you don’t know saturated fats aren’t exactly bad for you, they are neutral fats. Meaning that you’re basically eating fat just to eat fat. I mean I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to eat more of fats that can help reduce the risk of heart disease (i.e. Omega-3, omega-6, and other monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats)

Chicken contains high amounts of minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, selenium, sodium, and magnesium which actually helps to regulate the levels of those minerals, as does vitamin D. An essential vitamin in chicken is niacin (vitamin B3) which helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and supports proper brain function.

Folate (vitamin B9) in chicken is a very essential vitamin. It plays an important part in the synthesis and repair of our DNA, and encourages cell and tissue growth. Chicken also contains vitamin A works towards good vision, bone growth, supports the immune system, and is essential for reproduction. Oooouuwww!!

Chicken is high in protein but not as high as some fish, an 8 ounce serving of chicken breast contains 43 grams of protein and 8 ounces of turkey breast contains 38 grams of protein.

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At the end of the day..

A pescatarian lifestyle provides us with omega-3 fats, minerals, and vitamins that chicken doesn’t have sufficient amounts of. Omega 3 is a compound the body needs but doesn’t produce naturally.

Both options are healthy options, however if you choose to opt out of a full on pescatarian lifestyle its recommended that we consume a minimum of 8 ounce of seafood a week. Eating fish will help you feel full longer, it helps with the result of quick weightless and can be a guilt free late night snack or dinner option if you are a late muncher. If you desire low-carb but high protein, fish can help with that too.

Overall there are some pretty high advantages to increasing  your fish intake. I’m not saying being pescatarian is 100% better than any other meat based diet, just simply stating that there are some major plus’ that fish can offer. Whether you decided to go pescatarian or just want to incorporate more fish into you diet.

Let me know your feedback or if you have questions.

 

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