Is Fish Considered Meat?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is fish considered meat? Fish is not considered meat in the vegetarian world. Most people consider meat coming from animals such as chicken, pigs, sheep, etc. Most religions don’t classify fish as meat. In fact, some religions abstain from meat on certain days such as good Friday for Catholics. In the Hindu religion they don’t eat meat, fish, or chicken. The health differences for meat vs fish are very apparent.

Red meat has a high amount of saturated fat, vitamin B-12, iron, niacin, and zinc. The nutrients of fish have omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, selenium, and iodine.

The health benefits of eating fish are lower risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association recommends eating with moderation and to consume at least 2 servings of fish per week to maintain a healthy diet.

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Research Studies

  • There was a research study on more than 84,000 women found that eating red meat was at a higher risk of heart disease. This same study showed that eating chicken, nuts, fish showed a lower risk of heart disease.
  • Other research studies have shown that eating fish over meat can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome.

“Fish is a much healthier food than eating any type of meat.”- Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

Vegetarian diets ban all meats from their diet but includes fish. But vegan diets stay away from all animal products such as meat, chicken, eggs, dairy, eggs, etc.

Another diet which is similar to the vegetarian diet is the Pescatarian diet. The pescatarian diet allows you to eat fish and seafood but bans meat and chicken.

The Bottom Line is fish is not considered meat because it doesn’t come from animal sources. Fish is a much healthier food then eating any type of meat. Hence why there are more so many studies that says eating fish over meat reduces the risk of so many chronic related diseases.

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The American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations | American Heart Association

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