In recent years it has been seen that a lot of people are cutting back on meat and are leaning towards a more ‘fish-based’ way of life. Before switching to any new lifestyle plan, we want to know if there are actually any real concrete benefits to being Pescatarian. We have put together the main benefits of eating a diet based around fish.
Could help protect against some cancers
A large study of vegetarians in the United Kingdom found that pesco-vegetarians have a lower risk for all cancers, and are significantly more protected from prostate and colorectal cancers. By incorporating fish into a plant-based diet, the risk of colorectal cancer is reduced. This may be related to Omega-3 fatty acids anti-inflammatory properties.
Can help support heart health
Research shows that regularly consuming fish may help reduce the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and stroke.
Fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, herring, and trout, are concentrated in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are fats that are essential to health and are involved in critical processes including regulating inflammation in the body.
May help reduce the risk of Diabetes
Consuming a Pescatarian diet may help reduce the risk of type II diabetes as well as aiding associated conditions such as, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and obesity.
The omega-3 fats found in fish have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and may benefit health in many ways when consumed in large doses.
Can help promote weight management
Practising a fish based diet has been found to promote better weight management. Studies found that women who practiced a pescatarian diet gained 2.5 lbs (1.1kg) less each year compared to women who ate meat. It has been proven that people who practice a more plant-based diet don’t gain as much weight, indicating that lowering animal intake may be beneficial for weight management.
The bottom line is that including more fish in your diet can be extremely beneficial. Balance Box offer a great Pescatarian Box with an array of fish based meals that are both nutritious and tasty. Order your Balance Box today!