Wow, this was such a fascinating giveaway! There were so many great questions posted. I wish there was the time and space to answer them all, but there would literally be enough material to fill a book!
The good news is that ONE of the questions has been answered and it’s the question from the winner who was chosen at random to win a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever.
The lucky winner is #24: Katie! Congratulations, Katie. Send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll get the book right out to you. (If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.)
Now here’s Katie’s question:
“My fiance and I have recently started a veg. protein based diet and are wondering why fish should be avoided? All we’ve ever heard is that the omegas and lean protein are good for us?!”
and here’ Julieanna’s response:
Fish is one of the most polluted foods you could put into your body. Because our oceans have become giant dumping grounds for most of our environmental pollutants, fish contain toxins such as DDT, dioxin, mercury, and PCB’s. You are essentially consuming the lifetime’s worth of exposure to these harmful chemicals being collected in its flesh. Further, fish is high in animal protein, which may contribute to chronic disease. Finally, fish do not contain antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber which you can find in plant proteins. Omega-3 fatty acids, the type that aggrandizes fish as a health food, can easily be found in plant foods such as walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and soybeans.
~ Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T., The Plant-BasedDietitian
Thanks to Julieanna for her guest post on dietary oil last week, and also for her response to the winning question. And thank you all for participating in this giveaway!