How did it ever get started that people think eating fish is vegetarian?
Fish is not vegetarian food (well, it's actually not even food in the first place, but if you are going to eat it, please don't call yourself a vegetarian).
This myth is perpetuated over and over. Not only by people who work in restaurants and have been misinformed (likely from someone who called themself a vegetarian and then ordered the fish plate), but also from the general public, and even the media keeps putting this drivel out there.
Last week CNN puts out a definition of vegetarianism, and says that it may include fish (read it here). This week Bloomberg Businessweek puts out a short piece on eating a "well-balanced vegetarian diet" and again says that fish is a good source of protein for vegetarians that eat it (read it here). Ugh.
I will never understand why someone calls eating fish vegetarian. It is not. If you are someone that only eats fish, and not other animals, you are a pescetarian. That is not the same as a vegetarian. A vegetarian does not eat animals. Fish is an aquatic animal.
Furthermore, why must every omnivore that writes about vegetarianism include the words "well-planned?" Do they really think we are all sitting around planning out our nutrients each day? They must think that we have difficulty getting protein, when vegetarian protein sources are actually in abundance. And for the masses, eating a non-vegetarian diet (which seems to not require that it be well-balanced) must be super healthy. Blah.
Considering the number one killers in this country often come as a result of eating artery-clogging animal products, perhaps that label should be attached each time they discuss a non-vegetarian diet.
Please help to crush the myth that vegetarians eat fish... a "pescetarian" is no more a vegetarian than:
- bovineaterian (one who eats a vegetarian diet, plus cows)
- porcineaterian (one who eats a vegetarian diet, plus pigs)
- poultryaterian (one who eats a vegetarian diet, plus poultry)
You see where I'm going with this... if you eat animals, any animals, you are not a vegetarian. Please, let's clear up the confusion regarding this issue, as well as the "well-balanced" one.