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What Is a Pescetarian Diet? | Definition of Pescetarian

Posted on November 7, 2009

I’ve been a pescetarian for about three years. So what is a pescetarian diet? A pescetarian diet is one that includes seafood but no other animal meats such as beef, chicken, or pork. A pescetarian diet may or may not also include eggs and dairy products.

The word pescetarian is a combination of the Italian word for fish (pesce) and the word vegetarian.

Many people who are pescetarians call themselves vegetarians but a pescetarian is not a vegetarian. Pescetarians who call themselves vegetarians often incur the ire of true vegetarians.

When people ask me if I’m a vegetarian, I say, “No, I eat seafood. I’m a pescetarian.”

Often, people will look at me funny because they’ve never heard the term before. The funniest response I’ve ever had was, “What, you’re a Presbyterian?”

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