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Is Fish Considered Meat?

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Is fish a kind of meat, or is it in a different category?

Is fish a kind of meat, or is it in a different category?

Is Fish Meat?

It is a hot debate: Many claim that fish is not meat, while others insist that it is. Many vegetarians eat fish, claiming that fish is not in the same category as meats like beef or pork (the term for this sect is Pescatarian). However, fish is clearly an animal, and their tasty fillets are made of animal protein, a.k.a. meat. So is fish meat, or not?

How Do You Define "Meat"

The whole debate rests squarely on how you define the word "meat." The reason the debate even exists is because people use different definitions. You might use a general definition from a dictionary, the criteria used for the food pyramid, a religious definition, or a scientific assessment.

How Does a Dictionary Define Meat?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary,

MEAT (noun)

  1. the flesh of an animal when it is used for food:
    I don't eat meat.
    raw meat
    red/white meat
  2. Food, nourishment, or sustenance of any kind (archaic).

To summarize: According to most dictionaries, fish is meat, since fish are animals.

Do Religions Think Fish Is Meat?

Most religions put fish and meat in different categories, but they also usually put limits on the ingestion of both meat and fish. Some major religions' views and dietary restrictions on fish are described below.

Muslim: Muslims have strict dietary rules about what is and is not permissible (halal) and do put meat and fish into different categories. There are strict rules about how meat should be handled in order to make it halal, but for fish, no specific butchering or preparation is necessary. If a fish has scales, it is considered halal and requires no special treatment to make it so. Most believe crustaceans are not permissible, since they have an exoskeleton but not scales, and scaleless things like shellfish and octopus are also forbidden.

Jewish: Judaism, with its extremely complex set of dietary guidelines (kashrut), does differentiate between meat and fish, and this differentiation can be seen in its prohibition against eating fish and meat together. A permitted fish must have both fins and scales, so shellfish is not allowed.

Hindu: India is the country that consumes the least amount of meat per capita, but Hindu dietary restrictions vary among the groups. Although their rule against eating beef is universal, the different groups do have different rules about fish. Some eat fish, but since most revered Hindu texts strongly recommend ahimsa—non-violence against all life forms—some follow a strictly lactovegetarian diet: no meat, poultry, or fish.

Christian: Few Christian denominations prohibit the consumption of meat or fish. The Bible makes little differentiation between the two and says you may eat any fish that has fins and scales and any animal that has hooves and chews cud, but although Jesus deemed all foods clean to eat, different denominations interpret the Bible differently. Some teachings say that since Jesus died on a Friday, people should fast that day, and some have interpreted that to mean they should not eat meat from warmblooded animals on Friday . . . which means fish is permitted. That's why many Christians eat fish instead of meat on Friday.

To summarize: Most religions have different rules for meat and fish, but they all put limits on both—so in that sense, religions traditionally view both meat and fish as foods to be careful about.

Meats of all kinds (cow, pig, fish, etc.) are a concentrated source of proteins, fats, cholesterol, calories, and many vitamins and micronutrients.

Meats of all kinds (cow, pig, fish, etc.) are a concentrated source of proteins, fats, cholesterol, calories, and many vitamins and micronutrients.

How Does the USDA Food Pyramid Classify Meat and Fish?

A look at the evolution of the food pyramid helps us see how views on nutrition have changed over the years.

  • In the 1940s, the US had a food wheel instead of a pyramid, and on it, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dried beans, peas, nuts, or peanut butter were all listed as alternative sources for protein.
  • When the food pyramid was first published in Sweden in 1974, meat, poultry, fish, beans, and eggs were all viewed as similar sources for protein.
  • In 1992, the US published its own, updated interpretation of the food pyramid. On it, meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts were all shown as choices for protein.
  • In 2005, a new, updated and simplified model had "meat and beans" as the only choices, although the pictograph also showed illustrations of other protein sources.
  • In 2011, the pyramid was replaced with "My Plate," which is even simpler. It recommends a portion of "protein," but no specific sources of protein are described.

To summarize: Since the government started making nutrition recommendations, meat and fish have been in the same category. Since then, the trend has been to view not only meat and fish as the same, but to categorize all protein sources—both animal and vegetable—as equal and interchangeable.

Scientific or Pragmatic Views on Meat and Fish

  • Fish swim, fish eat, fish digest, fish see, fish breathe, fish bleed, and fish live. Fish are animals, just like cows or cats or humans.
  • Your worldview and desires will most likely shape your beliefs on how fish is classified and defined, but that does not change the fact that fish are animals, and they're made (mostly) of meat.
  • Meat of all kinds (cow, pig, fish, etc.) is a concentrated source of proteins, fats, cholesterol, calories, and many vitamins and micronutrients. It contains significant amounts of B complex vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin), iron, and other minerals. It also contains calcium and fiber.
  • Meat is mostly an animal's muscle tissue. Most muscle is about 75% water, 20% protein, and 5% fat, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • An apt synonym for "meat" is "protein." Fish meat is very high in protein. This is because the meat is the muscle that the fish uses for movement.
  • All muscles are made of protein. Muscles made up of bundles of cells (fibers). Each cell is crowded with filaments made of actin and myosin (two kinds of protein).
  • Fish meat is obviously from fish, a living animal. In fact, its meat makes up the majority of this creature, so when you eat fish, you are almost completely consuming the entire animal.
  • Fish meat is called "fish," just like how chicken meat is called "chicken." Chicken is a type of poultry, but that word technically refers to a number of different domestic fowl.
  • Some think that fish are not red-blooded animals, but they're wrong. Fish have red blood. Some put fish into a different category since they are cold-blooded, but alligators, snakes, and frogs are also cold-blooded, and they're also all made of meat.
  • A true vegetarian won't eat animals. If you go to a vegetarian restaurant or purchase a product marked "vegetarian," you would not expect to find any meat from an animal.

In Summary

Fish is meat. Some might say that this conclusion is too simplistic, but it is really not. The only thing complicated about this matter is trying to classify a meat as something other than meat. It is a protein, and it comes from an animal. That is it, plain and simple. The only reason there is any debate is because people want to avoid thinking that they are eating meat. If you are eating fish, then you are eating meat.

What do you think?

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the name for fish meat? If cow meat is called "beef" and sheep is called "mutton," then what do you call fish?

Answer: Fish meat would also be called "fish." It's just like how chicken meat is called "chicken." I know the rebuttal might be that chicken is called "poultry," but that would technically be incorrect as poultry refers to a number of different domestic fowl. I'm not an etymology expert, so here is a better explanation as to why pork, beef, and mutton got their names: https://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/why-pig-meat-call...

Question: I never considered fish meat because fish are not red-blooded animals. What do you think?

Answer: Fish have red blood. If you watch any fishing shows or go on a fishing vessel, you'll see the blood is most definitely red. I suppose it's possible that you meant "cold-blooded," which fish are. I guess my counter-question to that would be "Do you consider other cold-blooded animals such as alligators, snakes or frogs to be meat?"

Question: Can fish, poultry, meat, and dairy make us fat?

Answer: It's all about calories in and calories out. If you take in more calories than you expend, then you'll gain weight. Fat is just your body's way of storing excess energy. A pound of fat is about 3,500 calories. You cannot create nor destroy energy, only change its form. If you take in the energy, you either have to expend it or store it.

Comments

James McRay on March 19, 2020:

Dog meat is called fragrant meat incase anyone is wondering.

Travel Chef from Manila on February 26, 2020:

As a chef, we considered fish as meat and seafood (crabs, shrimps, lobsters, etc.) as an independent category. But like what you have said, in some religions, they have different perspective towards fish or meat. I must agree with your thought with the Christian belief of not eating meat during Black Friday.

Chris P on November 13, 2019:

Does the body digest and process fish meat the same way it does other animal proteins like chicken and steak?

Gilbert on October 05, 2019:

By classification, is fish a meat - how will your classification be?

Scott on June 04, 2019:

There is also this https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meat.

It can be difficult to say because of definitions like this. Since fish are in the animal kingdom, the general definition suggests it's meat. The secondary is a mammals flesh that is not fowl or fish.

Issue is there are well known sources that say yes, there are well known sources that say it's not.

Honestly though, they're an animal, they have flesh, we're eating what's under it, it's meat.

The carnivorans on April 09, 2019:

Just because the flesh of a fish or a insect is different from that mammal or bird does not mean it's not the same. Fish are animals, meat is the flesh of an animal, carnivores are animals that feed on the flesh of other animals for food and their are animals that eat fish so their carnivores too. Any animal that feeds Fish or any animal is predator. So fish is meat, and anyone who says it is not is an idiot.

yes on August 23, 2018:

After some research, the most likely explanation why fish isn't considered meat, is because the church law is written in Latin, which forbids eating 'carnis' (≙ the flesh of animals on land) on Fridays, so people just started eating fish.

Fish is still meat but not what the latin word 'carnis' describes.

Someone who didnt want their name exposed to random people on the damn internet on July 31, 2018:

Fish is not meat in my opinion, otherwise Pescatarians would be omnivores. Even though you find fish in the meat isle in the supermarket, it says on the notice "meat, fish, milk, eggs," if fish was meat, the sign wouldnt say "meat, fish" it would say "meat"

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on June 11, 2018:

@jim Ellison

Plants aren't animals, so no.

Insects: their striated muscles, probably. I know some people use sentience as a measure in their definition so that might affect how you interpret it. For me, I don't consider insects meat simply because the muscle isn't really the bulk of what you'd be eating. Very similar to how when I'm eating a steak with marbling I don't say I'm eating fat because it's a minor amount in comparison to the whole. Does the steak contain fat? Indeed? Does an insect contain meat? Indeed, just a miniscule amount. I'd highly suggest their cousins, crustaceans, instead such as lobsters. Both are anthropods.

Jim Ellison on February 16, 2018:

So plants and insects are meat ? Protein.

Billy Graham on December 27, 2017:

Fish is a meat. When I go to the market I get fish because I want meat.

Michelle/ Mari-Mari on November 12, 2017:

I Remember how I went Fishing while living in The High Desert... NEVER LIKED IT...Fishing... How Barbaric! The poor fish, have to Suffocate after having a Gaint Hook ripe their Mouth...VERY SAD.

Mr meaty on August 18, 2017:

If fish is not meat, then why

Is fish in meat sections in stores? Or at butcher shops, butchers deal with meat ( fish that eat other fish are classified as carnivores, since fish is meat)

MrDan on March 29, 2017:

My favorite arguement from a "vegetarian" was that fish are not meat because they can't make a sad face

In which my reply was "Are you serious!! They look terrified all the time!!THEY DONT BLINK, EVERYTHING WANTS TO EAT THEM, EVEN THEM!!

fishy questions on October 01, 2014:

I get that fish is meat, but why is it layered instead of in a bundle? kind of off the fish is meat topic, just a question that's been bothering me:)

AC on July 02, 2014:

Eggs are eggs, fish are fish,

and beef is beef!

Fish is meat on January 29, 2014:

Anything that you consume which comes from an animal including milk and eggs should be considered meat.

A true vegetarian can only eat plant matter.

Silla on May 22, 2013:

I just had a debate with my boyfriend and his mother about Fish being meat. I simply said that because the fish can breathe, eat and live out daily functions and that it is in fact an animal that can be eaten then it is a meat. Also I mentioned that it is a protein and that to be a meat it must also be a protein. My boyfriend's mother came back stating that it is not a meat and when I asked her if it is not a meat then what is it? Her reply was "Fish". Now as I see things if it is in a certain section of the food group pyramid then that is what the food is classified as. So because fish is indeed in the meat section then it is a MEAT! Nothing more nothing less. I feel that in order for it to be classified in the meat it must meet these few qualities I have listed above.

Katherine on May 19, 2013:

Isn't hair protein and comes from an animal? Lame "definition"

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:

@nakayla - Yes, assuming they grow on an animal.

nakayla on April 25, 2013:

beans are in the protein group so are beans meat?

Smart on February 25, 2013:

I am not a vegetarian, but I don't eat fish because they are smart, fully conscious, have feeling and personalities. They can track relation ships. They can also declare war, use tools, and do mathematics. They even have better memories than humans. Opposite to popular belief, a fish won't eat it self to death. I saw the pictures where they said that that goldfish were fat, however, the was normal, when they just arrived they were skinny. Also, the water was extremely dirty and the goldfish had fin and tail rot. They also started ick. Stop doing experiments that doesn't even mind the health of fish!

none on January 31, 2013:

If it has eyes it's meat.

Cooperm4n on November 28, 2012:

Muscle is generally considered as meat or the flesh of an animal...which may include some fat and subcutaneous tissue. Muscle is made of two proteins...actin and myosin. Fish muscle is made up of actin and myosin. Therefore it follows that fish muscle is meat. You cannot be non-meat eating vegetarian if you eat the muscle of a fish.

steven on May 26, 2012:

If you don't eat red meat or poultry and the only meat you consume is fish, you are a pescetarian. It annoys me when people claim they are vegetarians that eat fish. That doesn't work. Vegetarians only eat plants and dairy products and DO NOT CONSUME ANY FLESH OF AN ANIMAL AKA MEAT. How hard can this debate be?

nick on May 01, 2012:

Im not vegetarian or vegan i guess. I dont eat any meat exept fish because beef and pork ect. Shares the same ph balance as us. Our bodies literally use nore energy to digest it than what is gets in return. Plus when u cook anything u lose most of the nutritional value it had in the first place. I eat only real whole food. No preservatives. And only real whole wheat. Most of the whole wheat they sell at the supermarket is riddled with artificial fillers and chemicals. Scientifically i lean towards fish not being considered meat, due to the ph balance. But that's just my opinion of course

EDG on February 24, 2012:

Fish is an animal not a vegie a d not a mineral.

Therefore its meat

kaasinees on February 07, 2012:

World English Dictionary

"meat (mi?t)

— n

1. the flesh of mammals used as food, as distinguished from that of birds and fish"

In scientific terms this is correct, meat has a different substance than poultry and fish. And no, proteines do not define meat, beans and nuts are not meat. Stick to the corect terms please.

Jaey on December 14, 2011:

There are different definitions of "meat."

A) The strictest is that muscles of an animal. This includes insects, beef, pork, cats, dogs, alligators, fish, whatever.

B) Another is the muscles of a warm-blooded animal (excluding fish, shellfish, insects, eggs, milk, etc).

C) A third is the material found inside nuts or certain fruits (i.e. coconut meat, the meat of an avocado).

D) The fourth is Catholic, as was mentioned. For Catholics, fish is NOT meat. It is it's own category (fish).

E) The fifth is soy-based "meats" which taste and look like pork or bacon or chicken but are not from an animal.

F), G), H), etc. There are other definitions for various traditions, including Jews, Seventh Day Adventists, and people involved in the culinary arts (where the distinction goes: meat, poultry, fish).

So, depending upon context, fish either are or are not meat. There is no single answer for all contexts: there is no single answer for all people. You have to live with ambiguity. Sorry!

Max on November 02, 2011:

Protein is not meat (above) clearly posted the most sensible comment here. fish, like eggs is parve. Also think about why most people call you a vegetarian once you do not eat meat: Even if you do eat fish, you may still be considered a vegetarian (see the comment of the young girl above, whose mother makes her eat fish). Fish is fish and meat is meat. However, you can call fish meat: After all you call certain drinks made from soy soy-milk, or milk made from coconut coconut-milk. You can call certain cleaning fluids cleaning milk, and still, by definition milk usually means "an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young". In Jamaican Patois an avocado is called a pear: It shares certain features with what standard english knows as apear (most significantly its shape). An avocado can be a pear if you call it that.So if you want to call fish meat, go ahead. Your just being pretty inaccurate then, and in denial of certain culture, law and belief.

brennawelker on October 22, 2011:

Thanks for making it clear.

Sandy on October 06, 2011:

Fish are in the new category of the food pyramid called, Disgusting.

jenna on August 24, 2011:

FISH IS TOTALLY NOT MEAT YA KIDDING!!!

jack on August 19, 2011:

fish is not meat

Im Me! :) on August 17, 2011:

Wow ! This Is Good! I Always Thought Fish Wasn't Meat!

J on June 12, 2011:

Well then.. if fish is not a meat might I politely ask what one would consider it to be?

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on June 03, 2011:

@Protein is not meat: Peanuts don't swim around, eat food, breath, or have a nervous system. Fish Lay eggs too, Comparing a Fish to an Egg is comparing Apples to Asteroids. A proper comparison would be a Fish to a Chicken, whoops, they're both meat.

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on June 03, 2011:

@FishIsNotAMeat: Cite Wikipedia in a doctoral Dissertation and see what kind of reaction you get ;). It's a controversial topic for a reason.

fishisnotameat on April 25, 2011:

dude on wikipedia it says the flesh of mammalian species (pigs, cattle, lambs, etc.) raised and prepared for human consumption, to the exclusion of fish, poultry, and game. when discussing the defenition of meat. meat by fact comes only from mammals, fish the last i checked is a fish not a mammal.

BAGMAN on March 20, 2011:

@MIKEG PLEASE DON'T POST NOTHING ELSE

sajcbgd on March 15, 2011:

@MikeG

I'm sorry but, are you stupid?

Jessica on March 11, 2011:

@MikeG - I know you commented seven days ago, but I just have to say that if you eat beef, lamb and chicken, you're not a vegetarian. You can't just say "I don't believe that these types of very delicious meat are meat." so that you can keep eating them.

Dyhna on March 10, 2011:

For an animal to be meat it does not have to be cold or warm blooded. I know you can get cold blooded horses for example. Last time I checked they were still meat. Also if fish isn't a meat does that mean it's a cabbage?

MikeG on March 03, 2011:

I am a vegetarian, but I do not believe that Beef, lamb and Chicken are meats, so I allow myself these as a source of protein.

Organism Eater on February 20, 2011:

If it came from an egg it is meat.

Hope on January 30, 2011:

"Chickens lay eggs; eggs are from a living animal but they are not meat. Eggs are eggs, fish are fish, both parve."

Unfertilised eggs are not meat seeing they are a product of an animal. A fish IS an animal.

When you talk about it being parve, I assume you say so in a religious context. If that is so, then that is perfectly fine if you choose to do eat fish for that reason.

But I would be extremely careful with labelling fish in a vegetarian diet. It isn't about saying that a persons food choices are any less valid, but it is a good way to communicate what you consume and what you don't. A vegetarian does NOT eat any animals. It has nothing to do with being parve as it isn't based upon religion, but the definition of what an animal is on a secular basis.

Fish breath, fish have circulation and they are also sentient. If they are not an animal, what are they? They aren't a vegetable, and they are not a peanut. You can't just call them "fish". Look in any dictionary and it will tell you what it is.

All animals have a central nervous system, even a fly.

Shane on January 24, 2011:

I also was in a debate about this. I personally believe fish is meat but with this info. I might win the argument! Thanks. :D

riley noble on January 12, 2011:

i think fish is meat beacause meat comes from living animals and a ish is a living animal (some times u have to kill the animal) but any wat fish is meat ok

Protein is not meat on January 11, 2011:

"Fish are clearly an animal and the tasty fillets that they carry on their sides are made of protein, aka meat."

Because something has protein does not necessarily mean it's meat. Peanuts are made of protein, but they are not meat.

"Fish meat is obviously from fish, a living animal."

Chickens lay eggs; eggs are from a living animal but they are not meat. Eggs are eggs, fish are fish, both parve.

edgie on November 29, 2010:

Thanks for the information that fish is a meat.For me it's hard to identify...

THANKZ!!!!

Mary on October 11, 2010:

I'm a vegetarian but fish? hummm kinda an odd debate u know.... oh well...

JM on September 27, 2010:

i new it. some of my friends think it is meat and others dont. i think it is and finaly they said to look it up. so i did and its considered meat. so me and my friend were right. nice

torri on July 12, 2010:

WHAT?! i was so convinced well actualy it is kinda convincing because if it is not meat then what is it type of question that makes sence, so yeah,so i get it now.

THANKS!

SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on June 29, 2010:

Haha....the great meat debate. Perhaps the question should be "Animal, vegetable, or mineral?" Much easier that way. And clearly the first question that should be asked in 20 questions.

Gurl on June 20, 2010:

I am a vegeterian, but since I am only 13 my mother forces me to eat fish she says I need protien AND that it is not meat. I do kind of consider fish as meat, but idk i mean I am only 13

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on April 20, 2010:

Hello A Random Guest,

Warm blooded and cold blooded makes no difference. Those terms just refer to how the animal regulates its body temperature. I've never heard this argument, but it is interesting to hear. But body temperature regulation has nothing to do with whether it is meat or not. Ask your friend what they would consider alligator --meat? I don't know what else to call the flesh of an alligator, it is meat, and they are cold-blooded.

Thanks,

Debris

A Random Guest on April 19, 2010:

I got into a fight weather if fish was a meat and reasoned many things to that person, but then was confront by this statement that left me puzzled: I think it isn't a meat because its COLD BLOODED. I could break through that type of argument unfortunately since all other meat comes from warm blooded creatures. The only question I have now is: Does it matter if fish is warm blooded to be considered a meat? If you have an answer, e-mail me: lorma000@yahoo.com

Steve M on March 25, 2010:

Many thanks for this article.. I always thought that fish is a type of meat! The above explanation makes really sense and it's really as simple as described.. (I'm soooo pleased I'm winning an argument I was into!!)

Well done!!

chelsea on March 14, 2010:

@meatlova :) Fish has tons of mercury. In excess it is incredibly bad for your body. I happen to be a vegetarian but I chose to be one since I don't actually like the taste of meat. That includes fish.

Thank you for posting this. I just got into a heated debate with my dad trying to explain how fish are meat. He saw some guy on TV say vegetarians eat fish and we don't. To me, eating a fish holds the same respect to eating a dolphin, cow, chicken etc. Its just gross :/ but hopefully this article will make him realize its just simply meat.

Meatlova :) on March 04, 2010:

Call me crazy but I don't totally understand why one would want to completely cut meat out of their diet. Now as far as vegetarians who don't eat meat go...is it really that big of deal that they eat fish?? It's their decision to eat what they want even if it is fish. I don't understand it bit then again I don't make the rules. This is definitely a subject that should have any hostility....lol let's all break bread cut steak (or fish) together :)

Richard on February 28, 2010:

Just the other day I was talking to my girlfriend about this subject. Her family is catholic, and while my girlfriend believes fish to be meat. Her stepmom says that since a fish lives in water it is not meat. I personally believe fish to be a meat, because it comes from a formerly living, eating, breathing, functioning animal.

Rain on February 15, 2010:

I am Vegan and I often do see people claim vegetarianism but they still eat fish time to time or I see people claim vegetarianism and they eat all types of meat on occasion. Plants are plants and animals are animals. I think there is a lot of confusion with what is what because people don't really follow what they say they follow. I can't tell you how many times people have asked me oh but you eat fish right! I am like no way fish is meat it is a sentient being.

Great post

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on December 26, 2009:

@Chris: We agree. :)

Chris on December 26, 2009:

Just because they don't believe it to be meat doesn't mean it's not. Its the flesh of a living animal. How is that not meat?

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on December 19, 2009:

@Kapaxiana: What about Chicken? That's a white meat and the Catholics I know can't eat that on Friday. I thank you for your explanation, but it doesn't hold water for everyone I've talked to. If you read some of the above comments, some of the Catholic people did not consider it to be a meat. In your region of the world your explanation may be the correct one, but in the U.S. it is because they don't believe it to be meat.

Kapaxiana on November 28, 2009:

I'm from BraZil and back home and distinguish red from white meat. White meat being fish and chicken. I'm also a catholic and on Good Friday we don't eat red meat as a symbolism to the flesh&blood of God hence why fish is considered okay to eat. It is not correct to say Catholics exclude fish from being meat, we just consider it White meat.

Geoff on November 12, 2009:

Thanks i allways concidered fish as meat but as you say the catholics of which my wife and stepdaughter are from malta dissagree.

NS on October 09, 2009:

I always thought that fish was not meat, that it's just fish. I even got into an argument about it earlier today. I guess i was looking at it from the religious (Catholic) side. I was doing some research on this subject and found this page. Your simple way of explaining this actually convinced me that fish is meat. Thanks! :)

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on July 07, 2009:

@Anonymous: Thanks for the great information. Not being from either sect I tended to lump them into the same category. Sorry if it is offensive in any way. I did some further research and noticed that there tends to be a large divide between vegetarians and pescatarians. I clearly believe this to be a good thing in that there is obviously a fundamental difference in society.

You are most likely correct on me not meeting "real" vegetarians. I think vegetarianism has a somewhat invogue persona and I'm sure that many of the people I know are simply vegetarians because their friends or their significant other is. In any event, I have lots of respect for people that can exhibit such discipline. I thank you for the knowledge that you provided me and do hope that you'll come back again. Maybe with a screen name so I'll be able to better identify you :).

I've removed that line from my article as to not further offend any readers.

anonymous on July 07, 2009:

just to be clear, vegetarians do consider fish as meat, you mean pescetarians, and they never say fish is not meat. Obviously the vegetarians you have met were not really vegetarians.

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on July 02, 2009:

@Mrvoodoo: Thanks! The debate in the forum gave me the idea to further elaborate on my views about this subject. I'm glad that you liked it :)

-Debris

Mrvoodoo from ? on July 02, 2009:

Couldn't believe it when I came across this through Google, lol.

Nicely done, definitely a meat! :D

Dennis Ebris (author) from Florida on June 26, 2009:

@Rochelle:  LOL, that literally made me laugh out loud.  Thank you for your observation :).

-Debris

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on June 26, 2009:

It would be hard to define it as a vegetable, fruit or grain. Must be meat.