Is fish really a healthy alternative?

Today we wanted to talk about fish.

You’ve probably heard many times that you’re supposed to eat fish twice a week and that fish is a lean, healthy alternative to meat, but is it true?

The fish industry would like you to believe that fish can help you lose weight, alkalise your body, flush toxins, increase your energy level, and keep your immune system in check but all this is definitely not true and here’s why.

Lose weight – FALSE
The majority of the fish in the shops are farmed, not wild, and therefore rich in antibiotics and added hormones. Estradiol, progesterone and testosterone are hormones found in humans in varying amounts. These hormones are responsible for regulating sexuality in males and females, as well as growth and the reproductive cycle. Added hormones in animal products can mess with this delicate balance and vanish your efforts of weight loss.
In addition, hormone-rich fish and meat are especially risky to consume for women who are pregnant and nursing, and for young females that might enter puberty sooner due to ingesting these added hormones (which is verifiable by the decreasing age at which girls start their menses).

Alkalise your body – FALSE
When nutritionists talk about acid or alkaline-forming foods, they are referring to the condition of the food after ingestion.
Most proteins contain sulphur, as well as phosphorus, within their chemical structures. When metabolised, these substances are broken down into phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid, which must then be neutralised through various chemical reactions.
Another by-product of protein metabolism is uric acid, which has been found to have a major influence on the development of arthritis; in particular, gouty arthritis. Uric acid must be neutralised and excreted from the kidneys.
Because of these toxic by-products of protein metabolism (phosphoric, sulphuric, and uric acids), and for many other reasons not mentioned here, protein foods, and especially animal products, are acid-forming. Dairy products, also high in protein, are, like meats acid-forming.

Flush toxins – FALSE
Actually, the opposite!
Unfortunately, pollutants and toxins found in water bodies get into the fish we eat and those toxins, such as mercury, can be harmful when ingested. Consuming even small amounts of mercury can impair neurological development in babies and young children – which was found to lead to lower IQ scores in one 2011 study.
To avoid heavy metal toxins, it’s important to stick with other types of protein, like beans for example!

Increase your energy level – FALSE
Every body requires a certain amount of vitamins and nutrients to be consumed daily for optimal performance and eating fruits, vegetables, and more earth-grown foods over animal-based or processed items will help you have all the energy in the world.

Keep your immune system strong – FALSE
As anticipated before, farmed fish is fed with many antibiotics that will weaken your gut flora and therefore lower your immune health.
In addition to this, we need to look at how the fish is being kept refrigerated. If frozen and travelling from Canada, can we be sure that the chain of cold has never been broken?

Fish that have been stored wrongly can develop larvas that can then enter your body. Look at this x-ray image of a man feeding on the wrong type of sushi.

Do yourself a favour, try to substitute fish with beans, quinoa, organic tofu, organic tempeh, and other plant-based protein sources! You can start with our Quinoa Salad or Classic Hummus.

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