Vegetarianism and Pescetarianism Is Taking Over… But What about the Protein?
Well, what about the protein; and what’s the difference between Vegetarianism and Pescetarianism?
A Vegetarianism /vɛdʒɪˈtɛəriənɪzəm/ is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal), and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter.
A Pescetarianism /ˌpɛskəˈtɛəriənɪzm/ (also spelled pescatarianism) is the practice of following a diet that includes fish or other seafood, but not the flesh of other animals. Most Pescetarians maintain a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet with the addition of fish and shellfish.
However; many people who are Pescetarian still refer to their diet as Vegetarianism. This is very common and is not wrong to say — Pescetarian, also called Pesco-Vegetarian, is just a branch of Vegetarianism.
There are many types of vegetarians, some types of Vegetarians will try to tell Pescetarians that they hypocrites, and attack their diet choices, and the same for Vegans.
I’m a Pescetarian not a Vegetarian because I know how important it is for me to get my daily dosage of omega-3 acids to stay healthy and…
I love cheese so I could never be Vegan either!
Well, what is a Vegan?
A Vegan doesn’t (not supposed to) eat anything that has to do with an animal; cheese, eggs, milk, oil; nothing! That’s exactly why this could not be for me; I need my cheese; everything else, I not a big deal…
BUT THE CHEESE IS!
But on to the Protein; which is the sole purpose for me writing this article.
To enlighten people on the fact that you can consume as much protein that is needed for a healthy daily diet without being a cannibal. (Eating Meat)
Protein Does Come Meatless!
And it comes in high sources and it’s much better for you than meat! Oh, and it can be extremely good and taste, if you prepare it right.
The Huffington Post stated in an article that…
The Vegetarian Resource Group reports that one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water, whereas one pound of soy requires only 250 gallons of water and a pound of wheat requires only 25 gallons. If you want to help save our water, cutting meat from your diet one way that you get active.
According to Earth Talk, “The Environmental Beef With Meat,” for every hamburger that came from an animal raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest was destroyed. And it’s not just the rainforest being destroyed. In the United States, more than 260 million acres of forest have been clear-cut for animal agriculture as of 2005.
The livestock in the Unites States also creates an unimaginable amount of waste and toxic emission — as do the fertilizers used. Livestock raised for slaughter produce 130 times the excrement of the entire human population.
But most shocking of all is that the grains and corn that are wastefully fed to the mass amounts of livestock in the United States, could be instead be fed to the 60 million human beings who die of starvation every year all over the world.
Now How About Them Apples! Pescetarianism and Vegetarianism doesn’t sound so bad after all does it?
You all; God did not design us to eat animals; he did not design us to be Carnivores!
Natural carnivores have claws, pointed front teeth to tear raw flesh and no pores on the skin so they perspire through the tongue. Plant and fish eaters perspire through pores on the skin since they are searching for food during hot hours — not hunting at sunrise, sunset or under cover of darkness as carnivores do.
Carnivores also have a shorter intestinal tract than plant and fish eaters do so rapidly decaying carcasses in the stomach can pass out of the body quickly.
Herbivores and omnivores have an intestinal tract that is several times their body length since a mostly plant-based diet doesn’t include food that decays as quickly.
The human intestinal tract is about 25 feet long; does that make sense!
Fish on the other hand are digested much, much quicker than red meat. The omega-3 fatty acids that are in fish and seafood are necessary in the diet of a human being — fish is the only true source of the omega-3 acids DHA and EPA. There is no supplement that needs to be taken when the flesh of land animals is cut out of the diet; it only improves your health to not eat this kind of meat.
That being said; here are a few good-source meatless-protein foods that we all may have in our kitchen and if not go buy some and let the meat go!
These items can be combined to make a tasty meal or may even be eaten individually as a daily snack.
These food sources are very tasty and I even place them in order from highest to lowest protein per 100 grams.
Believe me, you won’t miss the meat at all, I’ve been doing this Pescertarian thing for over 4 years now and I can be a room full of hot wings and don’t have the desire to even lick one.
This isn’t even all of the meatless food sources; I’ve listed just a few that I treat myself to often.
Now, at the bottom of this article, I’ve placed a link, where you can go and see a full page descriptive list of high protein food sources with the weight (grams), measurements and the protein content per weight (gram) that was created by the USDA Nutrient Database See link below, after you’re done reading this article.
- Peanut Butter / 25g per 100
- Black Beans / 21g per 100
- Nuts (Almonds) / 21g per 100
- Sunflower Seeds / 21g per 100
- Quinoa / 14g per 100
- Eggs / 13 g per 100
- Cottage Cheese / 11g per 100
- Edamame / 11g per 100
- Greek Yogurt / 10g per 100
- Tofu / 8g per 100
- Hummus / 8g per 100
- Kale / 4.3g per 100
- Milk & Soy Milk / 3.3g per 100
- Spinach / 2.9 g per 100
- Broccoli / 2.8g per 100
- Avocado / 2g per 100
Please try some of these meatless options so that you won’t suffer from the severe diseases and symptoms that come along with eating meat. Also, if you are Vegetarian or Pescertarian, these are great food ideas to keep your protein levels normal because low protein levels can cause muscle pains, low energy and restlessness. See below the link that I referred to above.
Happy Eating With No Meat-ing!