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Are pescatarians at risk of getting too much mercury in their diet?

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Just like vegetarians, pescatarians don't eat meat or poultry, but they do eat fish. Some types of fish, like tuna, swordfish, and tilefish, have moderate to high levels of mercury. If you become a pescatarian, consider choosing lower-mercury types of fish, like salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and lake trout.

From: What Is a Pescatarian? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: "Vegetarian Diet: How to Get the Best Nutrition."

Ohio Health: "Vegetarian Vs. Vegan Vs. Pescatarian Vs. Flexitarian."

American Heart Association: "Fish and omega-3 fatty acids."

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition : "Food groups and risk of all-cause mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies."

David Katz, MD, founding director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Yale University; author, . The Truth About Food

Nutrients : "Comparison of Nutritional Quality of the Vegan, Vegetarian, Semi-Vegetarian, Pesco-Vegetarian and Omnivorous Diet."

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine : "Blue Zones: Lessons From the World's Longest Lived." 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Vegetarian Diet: How to Get the Best Nutrition."

Ohio Health: "Vegetarian Vs. Vegan Vs. Pescatarian Vs. Flexitarian."

American Heart Association: "Fish and omega-3 fatty acids."

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition : "Food groups and risk of all-cause mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies."

David Katz, MD, founding director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Yale University; author, . The Truth About Food

Nutrients : "Comparison of Nutritional Quality of the Vegan, Vegetarian, Semi-Vegetarian, Pesco-Vegetarian and Omnivorous Diet."

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine : "Blue Zones: Lessons From the World's Longest Lived." 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 18, 2019

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