Fish or meat, which is better?

BY: Wise Chukwudi Letsa
There is the widespread belief that fish is healthy and meat is not healthy.

There is the widespread belief that fish is healthy and meat is not healthy. For this reason, many people have decided not to eat meat again, thereby relying on fish alone as their protein source.

It is true that meat intake has been associated with diseases like cancers, heart diseases, high cholesterol, obesity, etc. But in these cases and many more, excessive meat intake is the culprit and not the mere intake of meat. Also worthy of note is the fact that meat problems are as a result of the fat they contain.

It is fair to suggest that eating meat without its fat might just be what the human race needs to master in order to lessen its bad and unwanted health effects.

Fried pork is a delicacy especially among the population of alcohol drinkers. People drink with fried pork. This only sums up the extent to which this generation cherishes fried meats. Another proven way of getting negative health effects from meat is by eating them fried.

They end up delivering excess calories, as well as increased amounts of saturated fatty acids to the system of the consumer. So beyond the savouring taste one gets from enjoying their fried meats, there are hidden dangers as the components of the fried meats begin to spread throughout the body.

Fish on the other hand is consumed in a variety of ways in a variety of dishes. Fried fish consumption tops the list of fish intake; remember your favourite kenkey and fried fish. Grilled fish is also a delicacy. Dry and smoked fish is also widely consumed.

Fresh fish on the other hand does not enjoy so much patronage in our society. There are people who have decided to eat only fish and not meat. For obvious reasons; they want good health.

These same people eat fried fish; thinking it is healthier than meat. The fact is that fried fish will hurt your health in the same way that meat does. It therefore makes no good reason to avoid meat but eat fried fish.

Now let us go back to the title of this article; Fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as Vitamin D and vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Fish is rich in calcium and phosphorus and is a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.

Fish consumption is recommended several times a week as part of a healthy diet.
Meat is a major source of five of the B-complex vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Meat contains biotin and pantothenic acid. Those who avoid meat and other animal based foods actually stand the risk of lacking vitamin B12.

So fish is very nutritious, meat is also very nutritious. It is dangerous to decide that you are avoiding a food that is very nutritious. In the same vein, it is dangerous to eat too much of a food that is nutritious or purported to be good.

What you do with a good and nutritious food is to eat them the right way; eat them at the right time, cook them the right way and eat them in the right quantity.

Fish or meat, which is better; my take is that none is better than the other. Eat any of them you prefer or eat them both but remember to eat them the right way.


The writer is a DIETICIAN at the Trust Hospital and AUTHOR of the following books;
1. Be your own dietician – Vol. 1
2. Eating to prevent and manage lifestyle diseases.
3. LIVE LONG by eating well – Vol. 1
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