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The Seagan Diet; A Superior Diet to KETO

The seagan diet is more than the newest health trend: it’s truly the best option for overall health

The ‘seagan diet’ is a diet that blends the vegan diet in with eating seafood a few times week. ‘Seaganism’ expands on the traditional vegan diet by offering a less restrictive, yet still healthy diet that includes being able to eat foods such as fish, squid and caviar.

Even though it’s all the rage now, don’t expect seaganism to fade away anytime soon – because of its proven health benefits and more relaxed approach to plant-based eating, the seagan diet has picked up popularity that’s unlikely to stop. Let’s explore deeper into what a ‘seagan diet’ is.

What does a seagan diet entail? What you can and can’t eat:

In general, a seagan diet allows you to eat anything you’re allowed to eat in a vegan diet, but also with seafood. A seagan diet can include any fish, but it’s crucial that you mostly eat fish with low mercury levels. [1] For this reason, small fish such as sardines, herring, mackerel, and wild salmon are ideal for seagans. Because of its many health benefits, caviar is also an excellent option.

Is seagan just another name for pescatarian?

It’s important to note that a seagan diet is not the same as a pescatarian’s diet. While a pescatarian is allowed to eat fish and dairy, eggs and milk, a seagan’s diet is slightly narrower. Along with not being able to eat any dairy products, seagans also cannot eat beef, pork, lamb or any other read meat. Chicken, duck and other poultry are also off limits. Condiments such mayonnaise and honey are also not allowed.

Another vital element to the seagan diet, that separates it from its similar pescatarian counterpart, is the high fruit and vegetable content. Although seafood is a part of the seagan diet you must remember that this is still a plant-based diet, so everything a vegan would normally eat you should consume in a seagan diet. This encompasses staples such as fruits (apples, berries, bananas, pears, peaches), and vegetables (broccoli, carrots, spinach, tomatoes). Although you can consume grains (barley, buckwheat, rice, oats), legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas) and nuts and seeds, you can also go easier on these foods in a seagan diet as you have seafood to provide you with necessary protein, amino acid, and fat.

Is a seagan diet is better than a vegan diet?

Seagan or vegan? The vegan diet has been around for a long time, but the seagan diet’s unavoidable benefits make it a healthier diet than the vegan diet. Below you will find some nutrients that are difficult to get when eating strictly vegan and how simply incorporating seafood 1-2 times a week can make your life much easier and healthier.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Because fish is an incredibly healthy source of fat, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, the inclusion of fish and other seafood in the seagan diet is something that the vegan diet often lacks. [3] These fatty acids are a type of fat that the body cannot produce by itself, but only from the foods we eat. [4] Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely beneficial for healthy cell growth, as well as robust immune systems that can sustain illnesses and viruses. In a vegan diet, you don’t get the same amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, when compared to a segan diet. In turn, your brain, skin and cardiovascular health can suffer.

These fatty acids are also known to reduce blood fat, joint pain, inflammation, blood pressure and cholesterol – a great all-round benefit to the wellbeing of your body. Not sold yet? Your skin will thank you for including omega-3’s in your diet, as it’s super helpful in keeping it smooth and clear. It also assists with menstrual cramps, depression and asthma. If this sounds like a magic drug, you’re not wrong – many people take Omega-3 supplements, such as Cavi Pur products, to receive the seemingly endless benefits these fatty acids bring, so it’s no wonder that seagans are extremely healthy.

Vitamin B12

Fish is also an important source of vitamin B12, a vitamin that keeps our body’s nerve and blood cells in good health. In fact, a vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to permanent damage to your nervous system. Vitamin B12 also prevents you from experiencing anaemia, which helps you avoid feeling fatigued, weak and tired. [5]

Amino Acids

There are 22 amino acids that form all of the proteins. 9 of those 22 are essential amino acids, meaning your body cannot produce them and must instead get them from a nutritional source. When eating a strictly vegan diet it can be difficult enough to get an adequate amount of protein from your diet not to mention incorporating complete proteins, or proteins that contain the 9 essential amino acids our bodies need to function

Amino acids such as creatine and beta-alanine are examples of the essential amino acids and are highly beneficial to your wellbeing. They acids allow for crucial muscle building and healthy brain function. Unfortunately, vegan diets are unable to facilitate a high intake of amino acids because they aren’t easily found in plant-based foods. [6]

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is made inside of our bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight, but with winter rapidly approaching and the days becoming shorter we are all prone to vitamin D deficiency. Almost no plant foods contain vitamin D3 and we definitely need it for our health. Vitamin D3 helps our bones stay strong, and avoid osteoporosis. A lack of vitamin D3 can lead to an increased risk of fractures, as well as cancer, multiple sclerosis, impaired brain function, muscle wasting and reduced strength in older adults. Vitamin D3 is also imperative for immune strength, as it helps our bodies fight off viral and bacterial invasions. [7]

MINERALS

Furthermore, a vegan diet doesn’t allow for beneficial trace minerals such as iodine, calcium, iron and zinc to easily come into your body, especially with soil mineral depletion becoming an issue with our fruits and vegetables. [8]

It’s a lot easier to absorb these important nutrients in a seagan diet. We recommend including caviar in your diet, as high-quality caviar from wild-caught small fish carries desirable Omega-3 fatty acids, a balanced ratio of EPA and DHA, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, 19 amino acids and important minerals. In particular, wild-norwegian herring caviar, the active component of Cavi Pur products, is amazing at replenishing your body with these essential nutrients.

Why a seagan diet is better than a keto diet

The main aim of the ketogenic diet (more commonly known as ‘keto’) is to place your body into a state of ketosis. This is a state that’s reached when your body starts to burn fat, instead of carbs, in order to produce energy for the body. The keto diet is known to be extremely restrictive as carbs are severely limited. Calorie-counting will be an everyday reality, as those on a keto diet will have to make sure that 60-80% of their everyday calories come from fats. [9] In fact, only 10% of a keto diet can come from carbs – meaning that even fruits and vegetables, which are typically good for you, must be heavily reduced.

‘Keto’ is sometimes criticised for being intense, hard-to-maintain, unsustainable and labour-intensive. Though it has been shown to have some short term health benefits, the fact that you can eat copious amounts of bacon, but not particular fruits and vegetables, can be confusing, and is not healthy in the long run. Not to mention all the calorie-counting, food-tracking and possible hours of hunger that come with it. [12]

When you’re focused on lowering carb intake while consuming animal-based proteins and fats, it can be difficult to include fruits and vegetables in your diet. As we all know, fruits and vegetables contain many necessary nutrients for your bodies, including essential vitamins and antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamin A, B, C, K, magnesium, folate, iron and more. [10] Moreover, the high water content found in fruits and vegetables keep our bodies hydrated. All of this is fundamental to the healthy functioning of our overall wellbeing.

Because ‘keto’ involves eating and using fat as energy, there’s a high chance that those on a keto diet will end up overconsuming omega-6 fatty acids. These are the fats that come from animal and nut or seed sources and they are inflammatory. Overconsumption of omega-6 fatty acids can put you at risk of heart disease and damage your immune system response, often triggering autoimmune symptoms and disease. [11]

Omega-3 fatty acids, however, can actually undo any damage caused by overconsumption of omega-6 fats. These are considered ‘good fats’ that contain anti-inflammatory properties, and have a wide range of health benefits.

Again, certain types of caviar, such as the wild-caught Norwegian herring caviar that can be found in Cavi Pur products, is the best supplement you can take to absorb these good Omega-3 fatty acids into your system, along with a plentiful variety of fruits and vegetables. Ultimately, the seagan diet prevails as the winner in this battle of ‘which diet is the healthiest’? between seagan and keto.

Potential dangers of the seagan diet

When implementing a seagen diet into your lifestyle, it’s integral that you try to keep a healthy balance. As previously mentioned, consuming larger, oilier fish higher up the food chain can lead to adverse health effects. [12] Fish such as sea bass can contain mercury and other heavy metals, so avoiding overconsumption of these fish is key.

Other types of environmental toxins such as PCBs, PCBDEs, dioxins and chlorinated pesticides are also likely to be found in bottom-dwelling fish, especially in contaminated areas. [13] The effects of these toxins are unhealthy to the body, and have been reported to cause mental retardation and physical disability in children, and, in severe cases, even cause comas, convulsions and death. [14] Needless to say, those on a seagan diet should take extra precaution is choosing which seafood they eat, and how much of it they eat.

It’s commonly accepted that fish is better consumed when they have been caught in the wild, rather than farm-raised. [15] Commercially-raised fish have sometimes been called ‘seafood from a cesspool’, because they are often produced in small, polluted living conditions. More often than not, chemicals and antibiotics are utilised to help control the possibility of disease spreading. [16] Veterinary drugs, pesticides and other toxins are inserted into the waters, creating an unhealthy mix of liquids in which the animals are raised. As a result, farm-raised fish often contain traces of chemicals and antibiotics, which may raise the risk of antibiotic resistance in your gut.

The diet of these farm-raised fish also raises concerns over potential side effects that consumers experience when eating these fish. Most commercially-raised fish are fed a low-quality diet, consisting of corns, grains, fish oil and wild-caught fish that has been ground up into powder. Sometimes, the diet also includes food coloring. For example, in the case of farm-raised salmon, coloring is used to give the salmon its distinctive pink color, because without food coloring, the salmon would actually appear gray. [17] As a result, farm-raised fish are typically much less healthy than their wild counterparts, and, because of this, often contain much lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Instead, a lot of farm-raised fish contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which has the potential to promote inflammation. Omega-6 fatty acids can also lead to increased blood pressure and blood clots, [18] demonstrating that eating farm-raised fish can actually lead to adverse effects on your health.

So if you should completely avoid farm raised fish and be hyper vigilant of the toxicity in wild-caught fish, what are you left to include in your seagan diet?

Best seafood choices for your health and the environment in the seagan diet

While the seagan diet has many potential benefits, it’s also highly important to consider the potential risks. Although implementing a healthy, sustainable seagan diet is still entirely possible, those on a seagan diet should monitor the quality of the seafood they eat, and make sure to check the source of it. So how can you ensure that the seafood you’re eating is sourced from a clean environment?

The answer to this is caviar. Specifically, caviar from wild-caught small fish sourced from clean waters, such as the wild-caught Norwegian herring caviar. Caviar taken from the pristine waters of the North is tested repeatedly, so you have peace of mind that it’s been sourced from an uncontaminated and unpolluted environment, with virtually no sign of any toxins. This caviar forms the basis for Cavi Pur products, which have been proven to be incredibly bioavailable, meaning they can easily be absorbed into your body and start the nourishing process quickly and efficiently. Containing the perfect level of EPA and DHA in its Omega-3 fats, caviar from Cavi Pur products are great at reducing inflammation, as well as improving immune, brain, eye, and cardiovascular health.

If you’re interested in implementing a healthy seagan diet but don’t particularly love eating seafood, then there’s an easy solution for you. As previously mentioned, wild-caught Norwegian herring caviar is encapsulated in a convenient manner. When you take Cavi Pur supplements you reap all the benefits without having to taste any seafood.

Even if you love seafood, finding the consistent high quality healthy source may be a challenge. With the rate of commercially-raised seafood increasingly on the rise, getting cleanly-sourced seafood is becoming more and more difficult. With its pristinely sourced products, Cavi Pur can also offer you the assuredness and confidence that you’re always consuming the highest quality caviar no matter where you are.

To seagan or not to seagan?

The seagan diet may be a relatively new development in the world of health and food, but with its undeniable benefits and sustainability, it’s something worth looking into. Although there are a few drawbacks to this diet, implementing a balanced, monitored diet featuring caviar, along with fruits and vegetables, can still be greatly beneficial for you.

[1] https://sheerluxe.com/2019/05/09/everything-you-need-know-about-seagan-pegan-diet

[2] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegetarian-diet-plan#foods-to-eat

[3] https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/seagan-diet-vegans-eating-seafood_n_57879151e4b08608d333169c

[4] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17290-omega-3-fatty-acids

[5] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6893534/

[7] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5598028/

[9] https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto

[10] https://holycrap.com/blogs/news/44164481-top-10-healthiest-fruits-and-vegetables

[11] https://www.womanandhome.com/health-and-wellbeing/are-you-eating-too-much-omega-6-207306/

[12] https://press-london.com/blogs/squeeze/seagan-diet-fad-or-fact

[13] https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/Fish/ContaminantsinFish

[14] https://www.peta.org/living/food/toxins-fish/

[15] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/wild-vs-farmed-salmon#bottom-line

[16] https://healinggourmet.com/why-you-should-avoid-farm-raised-fish/

[17] https://qz.com/358811/heres-why-your-farmed-salmon-has-color-added-to-it/[18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3335257/

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