Why it’s NOT OK to eat Fish

Fish is high in cholesterol.

Fish is usually associated with a heart healthy food. While fish does contain omega-3 fats, most of the fat in fish is not heart healthy. Between 15 and 30 percent of the fat in fish is actually saturated fat, which stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol. High-fat foods are associated with poor heart health outcomes.

Fish and Pollutants and Diabetes

Because fish and shellfish live in increasingly polluted environments, toxins from the water accumulate in their bodies. Studies have shown that most of the fish throughout the world contain dangerously high levels of mercury.

Exposure to mercury has serious health consequences, including increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and even death. A recent study revealed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes. Among nearly 3,000 participants, those who consumed the most mercury over an 18-year period had a 65 percent greater risk for developing diabetes.

Fish Oil supplements are doing you more harm than good

Many people supplement with fish oil to increase their intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining cellular function. Unfortunately, studies have shown that most of the health claims associated with fish oil may be unfounded.

A comprehensive Journal of the American Medical Association analysis involving 20 studies and more than 68,000 patients showed no link between fish oil and heart health. Similarly, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that patients who supplemented with fish oil did not reduce their risk of heart disease.

Fish also contain unsafe levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, which are dangerous chemicals that have been linked to neurological problems and birth defects in babies who have been exposed.

Sea Food consumption is jeopardizing the environment

Billions of fish worldwide are killed for food every year. Unless current fishing rates are drastically reduced, scientists predict that every species of wild-caught seafood will collapse by the year 2048.

Modern commercial trawlers are the size of a football field, with huge nets that scoop up everything in their path. They can take in 800,000 pounds of fish in just one netting. Trawlers scrape up ocean bottoms, destroying coral reefs, and even capture endangered or protected species.  Each year, about 30 million tons of aquatic animals - hurt, dying, or already dead - are simply tossed back into the ocean.

Commercial fishing fleets are rapidly destroying aquatic ecosystems. As a result, the number of large predatory fish has dramatically declined over the last 50 years. Plummeting fish populations have ripple effects throughout the marine ecosystem. Predator-prey relationships have been disrupted.

According to the UN, all 17 of the world’s major fishing estuaries are over-fished. Seven of the top ten marine fish species are fully exploited or over-exploited, and nearly 90 percent of all large predatory fish in the ocean are now gone, forcing nations to increasingly fish lower on the food webs to meet seafood demands.

Fish "farming" also depletes natural resources. Modern commercial fishing is extremely energy-intensive. It requires as much as twenty calories of fossil-fuel energy to produce one calorie of energy from fish. Rearing a ton of fish for slaughter requires eight tons of water. Producing one pound of flesh from captive fish requires three to four pounds of flesh from wild fish, so people who eat farmed fish also contribute to the decimation of free-living fish populations.

Antibiotics given to farmed fish harm nearby seas and oceans. When farmed fish, laden with antibiotics, escape and breed with free-living fish, aquatic ecosystems may be thrown out of balance because of the mating of wild and farmed fish.

Fish are sentient Just like cows, pigs, birds, and us!

Fish fulfill several criteria proposed as indicating that non-human animals may experience pain. These fulfilled criteria include a suitable nervous system and sensory receptors displaying protective motor reactions, exhibiting avoidance learning and making trade-offs between noxious stimulus avoidance and other motivational requirements.

Research on fish intelligence abounds, revealing that fish use tools, tell time, sing, and have impressive long-term memories and complex social structures. Fish also create cognitive maps that allow them to navigate through vast expanses of water.

More importantly, like other animals, fish feel pain. There is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals.” Fish used for food are hooked, suffocated, crushed, impaled, cut open, and gutted, all while still conscious, and they feel every agonizing second.

Fish are not swimming vegetables and should not be treated as such.

The "production" and consumption of fish flesh causes great suffering to fish and other animals, harms human health, threatens aquatic biodiversity, wastes natural resources, and invites international conflicts. A shift away from eating fish is both a societal and moral imperative.

  •  https://www.navs-online.org/animal_issues/fish_fishing/troubledwaters.php , http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/we-must-stop-eating-our-oceans-2/
  • http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/dont-take-the-bait-fish-is-not-a-health-food , http://www.peta.org/living/food/think-fish-health-food/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain_in_fish#Research_findings , https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201406/fish-are-sentient-and-emotional-beings-and-clearly-feel-pain , http://www.peta.org/blog/vegetables-swim/


Article by:
Ariann Aguilar, certified plant-based nutritionist at T. Colin Campbell's center of nutrition studies. If you are looking for nutritional guidance make sure to contact me here