Often we depend on fish for our protein intake when our bodies shout out that they have had enough meats in life. It’s much easier for us to digest white, small fish than meat, probably because we have eaten it so much longer as a species. We moved from the centre of Africa out to the coastal areas before we went north to colder areas and started eating meat, so our bodies are a few hundred thousand years better friends with fish meat than bird, cow or pig meat, which require much more digestive fluids to break down, and leave us with an overflow of acid residue.
So what makes us all of a sudden see an increase in diseases like diabetes as fish eaters, when before we saw the health properties these friends offered us? Pollution! Now there are studies that show the correlation between fish consumption and diabetes, CVD and even mental disease, as this study shows fish eaters have a 38% higher risk for some chronic disease. Mercury is a long known poison to enhance depression. Personally I believe the studies that show high levels of pollution in meat and poultry as well, but it is the big fish that eat small fish, like salmon, tuna and swordfish, that have accumulated the toxins from being higher in the food chain, such as PCB, heavy metals, plastics and much more.
Fish is not entirely just fish today. We have polluted the seas, lakes and rivers in the name of progress. So much that we can hardly find any clean fish on the earth, not even farmed ones. Also, sea life is generally more sensitive than land animals so if they don’t vanish from our pollution, they will die out as food on our tables. If we continue to eat as much as we do today, with the increased population, we won’t have any of the existing fish in our waters by 2048. Some believe fish like tuna, cod and wild sardines will be history by 2025. How long they are going to exist before becoming extinct nobody knows for sure, but there is no question that they will all be gone within a generation from now…if we don’t stop eating them. Yet another reason to become vegan or at least semi-vegan.